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SAP swallows up travel & expense software provider Concur for $8.3B

Enterprise-software company SAP is adding to its bag of tricks today by buying Concur Technologies, a company that sells software for keeping track of money employees spend on travel and expenses.<p>The deal is going down for $8.3 billion, or $129 per share, according to a statement from the companies.<p>…

Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another $13.5M Led By GGV Capital

FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion. The new financing comes from GGV Capital, whose managing partner Hans Tung will be joining the company’s …

6SensorLabs Gets $4M To Help People With Food Allergies Test Their Meals

There are 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, and until recently they haven’t had a good, reliable, and affordable way to test meals to ensure they don’t eat something they shouldn’t. That results in more than 200,000 hospital visits a year related to food allergies or food …

Underground vaults, offline servers, and armed guards: this is the Fort Knox of Bitcoin

Can security fit for a super villian's hideout help make bitcoin mainstream?<p>In July, a bitcoin startup named Xapo announced it was raising $20 million, bringing its total backing to $40 million. It was using this funding for an unusually intense security setup. Xapo tells users that they can feel …

Mobile Internet investment explosion: $47B in M&A plus $14B in investments

Over the last 12 months we’ve seen an unprecedented explosion of financial deals in the mobile space. That includes a staggering $47 billion in mergers and acquisitions — plus $14 billion in investments.<p>And, no, it wasn’t all WhatsApp and Facebook.<p>“Removing the blockbuster Facebook-WhatsApp deal …

Priceline Invests $500 Million in Chinese Booking Giant Ctrip

The Priceline Group has invested $500 million in Chinese booking site Ctrip, the largest in China, through a convertible bond that will, in the end, …

Pogoseat Raises $2.3 Million To Offer Discounted Seat Upgrades At Sporting Events

Los Angeles-based Pogoseat has built a mobile app that enables fans who attend sporting events to instantly upgrade their seats or purchase a number of different in-game experiences. Now the company is looking to expand, thanks to $2.3 million in seed funding from a wide range of investors.<p>Pogoseat …

Yahoo Acquires Mobile Ad Company Flurry For Hundreds Of Millions

Flurry is an app analytics and advertising company.<p>News of the acquisition was first reported by Re/code's Kara Swisher.<p>The acquisition is reported to be in the "hundreds of millions," according to Swisher's sources. TechCrunch reports that Yahoo will pay at least $300 million for Flurry.<p>"By …

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Fingerprint pulls in $10.9M from DreamWorks to build educational apps for kids

Fingerprint makes the type of apps parents love — and DreamWorks Animation is a big fan of them, too.<p>Kids’ app developer Fingerprint has raised $10.85 million in new funding, the company announced today. Its press release declined to mention the investors by name, but DreamWorks led the round, …

Shopping App Wish Raises $50 Million

Wish, a social shopping site and mobile application, raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Legend Capital and others. In April, the company announced $19 million in funding …

Art Galleries App ArtBinder Raises $3.17M In Round Led By Index Ventures

ArtBinder, an app and platform which allows art galleries to present artworks remotely, has raised $3.17 million in a Series A funding round led by Index Ventures.<p>The investment will be used to expand the ArtBinder Viewer iPad app which lets users browse artists and galleries globally.<p>Created by …

Latino YouTube network MiTú just bagged $10M

Disney’s recent acquisition of YouTube network Maker Studios shows how much firms value video these days — and MiTú just got some swell money for its own network.<p>Today, Latino media company and video network MiTú announced that it has raised $10 million in a second round of funding to continue …

A Brooklyn Startup That Grows Meat, Leather, Fish And Poultry In A Lab Has Raised $10 Million

The lead investor is Li Ka-shing's Horizon Ventures, which also invested in egg substitute startup Hampton Creek.<p>The CEO and co-founder of Modern Meadow, Andras Forgacs, previously co-founded publicly-traded Organovo, a company that engineers tissue via 3D printing. There are currently ten …

BitGo Raises $12M Led By Redpoint For Multi-Signature Bitcoin Wallets, Services

For a long time, there’s been a philosophical split in the Bitcoin community about how to store crypto-currency on behalf of users.<p>Do you do it on the web, with something that resembles an e-mail or Paypal-like interface? Or should consumers held more responsible for storing their own Bitcoin …

Source: BuzzFeed is raising a massive $200M round

BuzzFeed may raise a $200 million funding round — its fifth to date — a source close to the matter claims.<p>It’s unclear how far along talks are, nor is it clear who will lead the round, although existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures, and SV Angel may participate. When …

Security startup CounterTack takes $5M more to meet demand for attack-detection systems

CounterTack, which provides information about and protection against targeted attacks against commercial and government networks, says it’s taken another $5 million in investment money to continue scaling its business.<p>The new funding comes from Razor’s Edge Ventures and brings the CounterTack’s …

Yandex Acquires Auto.Ru For $175M, Adding Car Classifieds To Its Search Business

Yandex, the search engine often called the Google of Russia, announced another acquisition today that will extend its business into another vertical: it’s buying Auto.ru, an online classifieds business for selling cars, for $175 million in cash.<p>This will add to Yandex’s existing efforts in the …

On-Demand Home Services Startup Handybook Raises $30M From Steve Case’s Revolution Growth

Handybook hopes to provide users with a way to hire cleaners or a handyman with the push of a button on their mobile phones. The company today is announcing it has raised a $30 million round of funding from Revolution Growth to support its expansion in new markets.<p>One of a growing number of …

As Pinterest and Instagram Soar, Curalate Gets $8.6 Million to Help Brands Capitalize

The visual Web is here to stay, and investors are lining up to get their piece.<p>It’s hard to visit any social network these days and not think that photos and images are taking over the Web.<p>For any brand or retailer, that realization comes with both a challenge and an opportunity: How do you know …

Yext raises $50M — eyes international expansion for local business listings & new products

Yext, a company that helps local businesses manage their listing information online, is gearing up to break out of the U.S. with its latest funding round.<p>The New York City-based company announced today that it has received a $50 million round of funding led by Deven Parekh of Insight Venture …

Restaurant payments startup Swipely whips up a fresh $20M

Restaurants and bars are getting smarter about the way they deal with customers these days.<p>Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely makes a cloud-based payments system that lets restaurants and bars crunch data to find their best customers, detect most popular menu items, launch rewards programs, and …

Hipmunk Raises $20M Round For Its Agony- And Ecstasy-Based Travel Search

Flight and hotel search startup Hipmunk is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding.<p>The round was led by Oak Investment Partners. Hipmunk co-founder and CEO Adam Goldstein told me that he’d been looking to raise money from a firm that had experience in consumer travel, and Oak …

ExtraHop raises $41M to help businesses make sense of their wire data

ExtraHop, a company that provides wire data analytics for IT operations, announced today that it has raised $41 million in a third round of funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures.<p>The term “wire data” doesn’t mean much to most of us. But for those working in IT operations, it’s essential. Wire …

Nix Hydra raises $5M to make games for young women (exclusive)

Nix Hydra, a Los Angeles entertainment studio that makes games and other apps for young women, has raised $5 million in funding from the Foundry Group. That’s not bad for a company that focuses on a demographic that most publishers and developers in the male-dominated game industry have rarely …

Stealthy Timeful Raises $7M From Khosla To Help You Manage Your Time

A few months ago, we reported on the pending launch of Timeful, a new startup that wants to be an intelligent time manager. Although still in stealth, the company is revealing a Series A round of funding ($6.8 million) led by Khosla Ventures, with participation by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, …

Drivy Raises $8.3 Million For Its Community-Based Car Rental Service

French startup Drivy raised a Series A round of $8.3 million (€6 million) from Index Ventures and Alven Capital. These two investors already put $2.8 million (€2 million) in seed funding. As a reminder, Drivy allows anyone to rent out their car.<p>On the other side, you can go to Drivy’s app or …

Website Testing Company Optimizely Raises $57M Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz

Looks like Andreessen Horowitz sees a big opportunity in A/B testing — the venture firm is leading a $57 million Series B round of funding in Optimizely.<p>Andreessen partner Scott Weiss (co-founder and former CEO of Cisco-acquired security company IronPort) is joining the Optimizely board of …

BitPay Now Top-Funded Bitcoin Startup After Raising $30 Million

There's a new leader in the Bitcoin startup space, at least in terms of funding.<p>BitPay, a bitcoin payment processor, announced Tuesday that it raised …

Pay attention to those tweets, people: Attensity raises $90M in equity financing

It’s one thing to watch tweets and Facebook posts come in on the fly. Filtering out the meaningless messages and spotting the important stuff at scale is completely different. And that’s why companies have been tuning in to tools like Attensity.<p>A seller of software that helps businesses grasp what …

Mozio Raises $750K For Its Airport Ground Transportation Search Engine

Around a year and a half ago, a company called Mozio debuted its plans to introduce an airport ground transportation search engine that would help travelers book that “last leg” of their trip: getting from the airport to their final destination. Today, the company is announcing it has raised …