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Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, co-founders of the social media startup Kosmix, have announced that they’re leaving WalmartLabs, where they led the San Bruno innovation and data arm of the massive public company. Read more »

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Facebook announced Thursday that mobile developers using the company’s API will now be able to cleanly integrate Facebook’s iconic like button into their design, allowing users to perform the equivalent of a “like” within another app and then cross-posting that action to Facebook. Read more »

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Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed a response in California state court on Wednesday, “vigorously” denying partner Ellen Pao’s allegations of sexual discrimination by the company, and requesting Pao’s lawsuit be dismissed. The company said Pao’s failure to advance in the company wasn’t gender discrimination. Read more »


Microsoft is reportedly in talks to purchase Yammer, which could be a significant move by the venerable software company to add a social dimension to its products, Bloomberg is reporting. Yammer offers a Facebook-like experience for corporate clients and could give Microsoft a social networking boost. Read more »

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For a generation of tech-savvy, smartphone-connected doctors, looking up definitions in printed paper textbooks or searching for medical journal entries by volume and issue number seems downright archaic. Entrepreneurs at Rock Health’s demo day presented high-tech solution to everyday problems facing modern doctors. Read more »


Square, the mobile payment company founded by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, announced Wednesday that it’s hired a chief financial operator and is processing more than $6 billion in payments, demonstrating impressive growth for a company just launched in 2010. Read more »

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Twitter has raised more money from mobile advertising than web advertising in many instances this past quarter, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said Tuesday, demonstrating the platform’s success at earning mobile dollars in comparison to peers like Facebook by allowing advertisers to purchase promoted Tweets and hashtags. Read more »

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Facebook’s IPO flop has some startups worried about finding funding in an over-saturated market. But a group of investors speaking Tuesday cautioned entrepreneurs from reading too much into Facebook’s situation, saying there’s plenty of room for smart social apps to find success replacing existing human interactions. Read more »


Google announced Tuesday that it has acquired Quickoffice, a suite of office-related mobile productivity apps for iOS and Android. The deal gives Google an established document viewing and editing platform at a critical competitive juncture, as Microsoft remains reluctant to expand Office to other mobile platforms. Read more »

Brendan Wallace, left, and Adeyemi Ajao are the co-founders of Identified, which aims to provide a youth-oriented, game-like career service for 20-somethings.

With the announcement that they’ve raised $21 million in Series B funding, a startup called Identified shows there’s a market for their youth-oriented competitor to LinkedIn. The service uses Facebook data, game-like scoring and recruiter analytics to helps 20-somethings kickstart job searches and identify career goals. Read more »


Google announced Monday that it has purchased Meebo, the social media and advertising company, to add a team of engineers and some publisher-friendly social tools to its Google+ efforts. Meebo’s CEO, CTO and engineers from its product team will remain with Google after the completed purchase. Read more »

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