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Facebook's WhatsApp Acquisition Now Has a $22 Billion Price Tag

This story originally appeared on Reuters<p>Facebook Inc closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, with the final price tag rising an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months.<p>WhatsApp founder Jan Koum …

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Jobvite Lands Another $25M For Its Recruitment-As-Marketing Analytics Platform

Jobvite — a recruitment platform visited by more than 35 million people in the last year, which lets companies post job openings and then disseminate and monitor how those job vacancy alerts perform across other sites and recruitment services — is today announcing that it has raised another $25 …

HangIt Raises $6.2 Million Seed Funding To Disrupt Mobile Marketing

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 7, 2014–<p>HangIt, a mobile platform company founded on the principle that mobile location changes everything, announced today that it has raised $6.2 million in seed funding and has established headquarters in New York City.<p>The HangIt platform, to be launched later …

“Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

Mobile startup Frankly has been steadily growing its user base amid a wave of self-destructing messaging apps with an app that lets you send text messages to other users that disappear after 10 seconds. Today, the company is announcing it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private …

Facebook Opens Audience Network Ad Network to All

Back in April, Facebook announced Audience Network, its new mobile ad network. Following a limited test phase, Facebook has revealed it’s now officially opening for business around the globe.<p>The Audience Network is designed to help publishers and developers monetize their mobile apps by showing …

BloomNation's artsy online flower shop gets $5.6 million in funding

Encouraging florists to be creative and a bit more tech-savvy, Santa Monica start-up BloomNation.com is trying to slow the wilting in an industry projected to lose one in five workers over the next several years.<p>BloomNation announced Tuesday that investors have given the company an additional $5.55 …

Directory App Truecaller Raises $60M At A $300M Valuation Led By KPCB, Atomico, Sequoia

Truecaller, a mobile phone directory and called ID app that lets people search for other mobile users by name or number, is dialling up something else at the moment: its funding. TechCrunch has learned that the company, based out of Stockholm, Sweden with operations in Silicon Valley, has raised a …

Facebook And Twitter Are Making A Push As Shopping Destinations

Both major social networks have unveiled plans to start using "buy" buttons on their sites, which could start having an impact on "social shopping" in the coming holiday season.<p>The idea of using social networks such as Facebook to promote e-commerce has been around for some time, but so far has …

AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

Ad tech company AppNexus announced today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis.<p>“Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad …

Sendwithus Raises $2.3M To Help Marketers Optimize Their Emails

Email marketing startup Sendwithus is announcing that it has raised $2.3 million in additional seed funding.<p>This is one of those funding announcements that comes months after the deal itself. Co-founder Matt Harris told me that the company, which was incubated by Y Combinator, raised its initial …

TinyScreen Color Display Allows You To Create Your Own Smartwatch And More (video)

Makers and developers that enjoy building electronic projects might be interested in a tiny new colour display that has launched over on the …

Here's How Much It Costs To Charge An iPhone 6

Purchasing an iPhone 6 will set you back anywhere from $200 to $650, depending on which model you buy and whether you’re due for an upgrade. But …

Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

Post-it Notes may be a product of the analog era, but they continue to stick around – literally, that is – covering walls, windows, monitor screens and more, remaining an office worker’s go-to-tool for small scribbles, quick thoughts, and ideas. Now the company behind Post-it, 3M, is hoping to port …

Secret, The Anonymous App Worth $100 Million, Launches A Spin-Off Notification App Called 'Ping'

Ping has no tie to Secret's flagship app; it came out of a company hackathon. It's a simple notification tool that pushes topical content to your phone's locked homescreen.<p>"We were fascinated by the idea of an app that could tell you what you need to know, right when you need to know it," Secret …

Shoutout Aims To Be The Simplest Way To Share Photos With Friends

Shoutout is a new iOS app offering what co-founder and CEO Philip Golbraikh calls “visual texting.”<p>The idea, basically, is to create an environment where people don’t worry about the quality of their photos and instead treat them as “a visual representation of your message” — this is what I’m …

Mobile-First Hotel Price Comparison And Booking App Lodgeo Launches With £2M In Fresh Funding

Mobile-first hotel price comparison and booking app Lodgeo, which sees its official launch today, has scored £2 million in new backing from Javest Investment fund, and a number of unnamed angel investors. The startup is founded by Ines Djelassi, who has previous form in the hotel tech space, and …

Spruce Gets $2 Million In Seed From Kleiner Perkins, Baseline And Cowboy Ventures To Put A Doctor In The Palm Of Your Hand

There have been some great strides in telemedicine lately. This virtual way to see the doctor cuts down on commutes, wait time and potential costs associated with in-person visits. But most of what’s currently out there requires some sort of video conferencing system and a set appointment with the …

Banks back Context Relevant in the predictive analytics startup's $13.5M round

Four months after showing off a $21 million funding round, predictive analytics startup Context Relevant today announced $13.5 million in additional funding, with some big banks jumping in.<p>Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg Beta, Goldman Sachs, Formation 8, and New York Life participated in …

Spruce Health launches virtual doctor app, raises $2M seed round

Consumers, health providers, and insurers are just now getting comfortable with the idea that many types of face-to-face doctor visits can be replaced with less expensive virtual visits.<p>A new telemedicine app called Spruce launched today in the App Store, with an Android app coming soon. The app …

Brazil's Movile invests $15M in Apontador, a Yelp-like service in Latin America

Movile, a Brazilian e-commerce platform with various content and commerce apps under its belt, is taking a new step into the local content realm with its latest investment.<p>Today, Movile announced that it has invested $15 million in Apontador, a mobile-first service for reviews of local businesses. …

relayr Gets $2.3M To Foster An Internet Of Things App Ecosystem

Berlin-based relayr, maker of the WunderBar, an Internet of Things (IoT) hardware dev kit which resembles a chunky chocolate bar, has closed a $2.3 million seed round, from unnamed U.S. and Switzerland-based investors.<p>The startup had previously raised a €250,000 friend and family round, and had …

Airbnb for rich people Inspirato nabs a new $20M

Inspirato, a luxury destination club that gives members access to its hundreds of elite accommodations, has just landed $20 million to grow its already large portfolio of locations.<p>With the rise of Airbnb, travelers increasingly want to stay in homes rather than hotels. But wealthy travelers may …

Finance Startup Nubank Nabs $14.3M In Sequoia’s First Brazil Investment

Nubank, a financial services startup based in Brazil, is today opening for business with two key pieces of news. It is launching its first product: a MasterCard Platinum credit card that you can manage through an Android or iOS app. And it is revealing some of the details of its own finances so …

Jiff Raises $18 Million Series B To Make Employers’ Digital Health Programs More Personalized

Digital health company Jiff has raised an additional $18 million in Series B funding, the company announced this morning. The Palo Alto-based startup wants to make it easier for businesses to reward their employees who participate in digital health programs by providing a software platform that can …

Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App

Half a million people have already signed up for Robinhood‘s unlaunched zero-fee stock trading service. Now the startup has raised $13 million to hire talent to make its app totally secure so it can start adding people from its private beta waitlist.<p>Unlike competitors E*Trade and Scottrade that …

Last-Minute Tickets App Gametime Scores $4M

Last-minute ticketing app Gametime is looking to break into the major leagues with a $4 million financing round led by Accel Partners.<p>The app allows users to book discounted tickets for sporting events. Once purchased, the ticket is displayed on the phone itself, so tickets can be bought on the …

Mobile Wallet Laughingstock Clinkle Finally Launches To Let You Pay Friends And Earn “Treats”

After 17 months of jokes about vaporware college payments startup Clinkle, its iOS and Android apps finally launched today at a few colleges. Clinkle lets you pay friends, get a pre-paid Visa, and earn gifts like Baskin-Robbins ice cream for buying stuff with your Clinkle card. The trick is that …

Bionym Inks $14M To Get Password-Replacing Wearable, Nymi Out The Door

What if you didn’t have to bother typing in your password, use keys or even pull out a credit card ever again?<p>Future-forward Canadian startup Bionym is working on it. The company just announced a $14 million Series A led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures who are banking on Bionym’s wearable, …