500 Friends rise 4.5 milion $ for social loyality platform

500 Friends, the social loyalty solution for e-commerce retailers, is announcing it has completed a $4.5 million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital, with participation from Intel Capital as well as company CEO (and angel investor) Justin Yoshimura. Founded in 2010, and launched in summer 2011, YC-backed 500Friends’ LoyaltyPlus service allows merchants to reward ...

Symantec buys LiveOffice.com for 115 million $

Security and storage giant Symantec has announced the acquisition of cloud email archiving company LiveOffice. The acquisition price was $115 million. LiveOffice is a SaaS provider of email archiving, compliance and hosting. In addition to providing cloud based email archiving, and also archives email which is on-premise. By hosting email archives with them, customers can ...

Jobintree raise 1.8 milion €

Le portail français dédié à la recherche d’emploi Jobintree a bouclé un nouveau tour de table de 1,8 million d’euros, financé, pour la première fois, par le fonds de capital-risque Alven Capital, à hauteur de 1,2 million d’euros. Il rejoint ainsi les investisseurs historiques du site de recrutement, comme la société de gestion 123Venture. A ...

SAP buys Datango

SAP has acquired software from Datango that will allow it to add multilingual online help and training materials to enterprise software applications. The move will broaden SAP‘s software training portfolio and could help its customers cut support costs through improved user training. The Datango software makes it easier for enterprises to create documentation, classroom training ...

Vizify.com raises 1.2 mil $ for good impressions

The need for a service like Vizify.com comes from the three trends: The amount of information people share online is doubling every year and much of that is automated (like Spotify plays showing up in your Facebook Timeline); second, the mainstream is waking up to how much information is available about you online in a ...

SoundCloud raises 50 mil $

SoundCloud, a startup focusing on audio-sharing in social media, has announced a new (and reportedly sizable) round of funding. The round, which was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, may have been as large as $50 million. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker will join the board. GGV Capital also ...

By paying advertising online, we drive sales in our shops

• 40% to 50% of customer’s acquired through search are new-to-merchant buyers • 9% of paid search clicks generate an in-store purchase Merchants online and offline may be flying high on the increase in sales this holiday season, but in a couple of weeks, that high will wear off in the face of lagging traffic ...

Tagged buys Hi5

Tagged bought Hi5 for a non-disclosed sum. In 2008 Hi5 was the top in social networks , in front of MySpace or Facebook. The biggest problem was to interconnect people, a technology that Tagged seems to have. The income for the latter company is about 40-45 million USD per year, so they an afford a test like this, because the fight for social media is ...

Nouvel Observateur buys Rue89.com

Claude Perdriel, the boss of “Nouvel Observateur” invested already 200.000 € for 3.5% of website Rue89, believing in this pure french player. Launched in may 2007, the website growth very good and is in position of having 2 million unique visitors every month. The title will remain independent but within the group. Pierre Haski, president, Laurent Mauriac, ...

8.5 bln $ loss for Microsoft in “online adventure”

The adventure in online business for Microsoft is extremely costly : 8.5 billion US Dollars loss, with 2.5 billion loss only in 2011. Because of this, is very probable the selling (always in loss) of Ciao  to LeGuide , for an amount non disclosed. One of the major causes is losing positions in search engines, because of Panda, estimated 33% traffic loss. Source : ZDNet France