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Australian startup Canva launches a graphic design platform

Canva, Sydney-based startup today launched its graphics design platform that will make it dead simple for anyone to design beautiful web pages and create flyers and party invitations. It is member of a slowly growing list of creative SaaS companies.

How much did Dropbox pay for Mailbox?

Dropbox this morning announced that it was buying Orchestra, the company behind the red hot Mailbox app. The question is how much did it pay for the Palo Alto-based startup with 13 employees. We have the answer.

Squeezed Cell Networks Lead to Dealmaking

Today Pulsus and SpiderCloud, two startups making hardware for the mobile industry, scored investments. As users, application developers and carriers bump up against the technical constraints around mobile broadband’s popularity, expect more and more hardware investments and dealmaking in the mobile semiconductor and equipment worlds.

App Review: Presenter Pro — Learn to Sell It Like Steve Jobs

[appreview] title=Presenter Pro image=http://gigapple.wordpress.com/files/2009/06/presenterpro_appicon.png price=$4.99 url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=317239996&mt=8 rating=silver [/appreview] Presenter Pro is a learning resource for professionals and interns alike, coaching you in…

App Review: Daniel X — Clichéd Alien Hunters Don’t Come Cheap

[appreview] title=Daniel X image=http://gigapple.wordpress.com/files/2009/03/picture-118.png price=$9.99 url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=305402305&mt=8 rating=avoid [/appreview] Increasingly, geeky pasttimes are seeping into the mainstream. Like creatures in a Neil Gaiman…

Exclusive: IBM to Partner With Chip Startups to Cut Costs

IBM sometime over the next few weeks will unveil details of a partnership program with several VCs active in the semiconductor space aimed at reducing the costs associated with chip manufacturing — and subsequently changing the financial risk associated with backing such deals.

F|R: 5 Reasons to Go All Angel à la Lookery

This week, Lookery, the ad network launched last July to serve über-cheap ads into Facebook applications, has announced a new $2.25 million…