Funding Roundup: Formspring, Baynote, PrimeSense

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Formspring: The question and answer service has raised $11.5 million in a first round of funding led by Redpoint Ventures, bringing its total backing to $14 million. The site — which lets friends ask each other questions online — now claims 20 million registered users who, in total, give 10 million responses a day. It’s also rolling out a “respond” button which publishers can add to their content so readers can share a “personal response” on Formspring. Here’s the release (PDF).

Baynote: The company raised $13 million in a round led by SingTel Innov8, the venture capital arm of Asian communications firm SingTel. The company, which sells technology used in part to provide content recommendations based on the behavior of similar visitors to a site, will use the cash enter new sectors including telecommunications and financial services. The company previously raised a round led by Disney’s Steamboat Ventures in April 2007. Steamboat also participated in this round. More details are in the release.

PrimeSense: PrimeSense, a gesture recognition startup, which developed some “key” components used in Microsoft’s Kinect controller-free system, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from PE firm Silver Lake Partners. The WSJ, which reported the news, says other PrimeSense partners are using its technology so that consumers can control PC and web content on their TVs with hand motions.

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