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Social browser RockMelt launches iPad browser+reading app

RockMelt, a startup co-founded by Tim Howes & Eric Vishria burst on the browser scene two years ago with a social browser. Today the company is launching a brand new iPad app that marries browser and a reader. It is part of company’s growing focus on mobile.

Accel Partners beefs up big data investment team

Venture capital firm Accel Partners is following up on its $100 million Big Data Fund with two new members to help it thrive. New principal Jake Flomenberg comes from Splunk (and Cloudera before that), while new EIR Nick Mehta was previously CEO of LiveOffice.

Accel forms $100M big data fund

Accel Partners is trying to capitalize on the popularity of big data with a $100 million Big Data Fund. The VC firm’s office across the globe will invest in applications that help form an ecosystem around existing big data building blocks such as Hadoop and NoSQL.

Let’s get digital: News Corp. adds Jim Breyer to board

News Corporation has named Accel Partners’ Jim Breyer to its board of directors.The 50-year-old Breyer, a Silicon Valley venture capital veteran known for making early bets on AOL and Facebook, could bring some much-needed digital savvy to the New York City-based media behemoth.

Bubble bubble, are VCs in trouble?

Venture funds raised a mere $2.7 billion during the second quarter this year, and the industry trade association is sounding the alarm about a shrinking number of funds. What does it mean for the industry when the diversity of funds decrease?

Rockmelt gets $30M to double down on social browser

RockMelt has raised $30 million in a series B funding round led by Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. Although Rockmelt has already seen interest from potential acquirers, the social browser company has opted to “double down” on the opportunity to grow independently.

How 99Designs Bootstrapped Its Way to Profits

99Designs acquired a devoted customer base, logged millions in annual revenue, and achieved profitable operations without taking on a dime of venture capital. I sat down with employee number one and CTO Lachlan Donald to find out how the company bootstrapped its way to profitability.

MoPub Angles for Mobile Ad Serving Dollars

MoPub, a mobile ad serving start-up built by ex-Google (s goog) and AdMob guys, has raised a seed round from Accel Partners and Harrison Metal Capital. The team is angling to become the DoubleClick of mobile, serving up ads to apps and websites from various networks.

Booyah Gets $20 Million For Its Check-In App

Booyah, a startup battling rivals Gowalla and FourSquare in the very hot location-based mobile app market, has raised $20 million. Like Gowa…


How to Break Into The Energy Storage Market

Policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors, automakers and others are paying increasing attention to long-overlooked energy storage technology, and they’re pouring billions of dollars into the sector in hopes of snagging a piece of the market as it develops. But for startups looking to break into energy storage tech, key opportunities may lie outside capital-intensive development and manufacturing of large-scale energy storage devices, batteries and components.

Software Company Cloudera Raises $5 Million

Cloudera, founded last year by technology veterans from companies that include Oracle, Facebook and Google (NSDQ: GOOG), has raised $5 milli…

Spreadshirt Lands

Lukasz Gadowski’s Spreadshirt, which calls itself a Web 2.0 platform for designing and selling clothes, has raised

Ad Net Provider Adroll Raises First Round

Adroll, a startup that offers ad net services, has raised a first round funding, Venturebeat reported. I spoke to Jared Kopf, the San Franci…

Casual Gamer Playfish Raises $1 Million

Playfish, a developer of games on Facebook, has raised $1 million (£500,000) as part of a larger planned venture round, according to Ventur…