TweetDeck Finds a Home, and $30 Million, at UberMedia

UberMedia, the holding company that specializes in Twitter-based start-ups, has added its highest-profile company to date: Tweetdeck, the biggest Twitter application not owned by Twitter itself.

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Raptr Snags $15 Million in Capital for Social Gaming Platform

Raptr, which is building a social gaming platform that lets players track achievements and connect to friends on gaming consoles, has raised $15 million in capital. The round was led by DAG Ventures, with Tenaya Capital and Accel Partners also participating. In total, the Mountain View, Calif. company has raised $27 million. Raptr claims it is adding 750,000 new users a month and has a current total of six million.

Microsoft Suit Against Salesforce Just Got Ugly

Microsoft has sued to stop its former head of government sales from going to work for Now it says it found confidential documents on his personal computer.


Lawmaker Introduces New Privacy Bill

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill Friday that would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to establish an online do-not-track system. The bill is the first in this session to specifically tackle the creation of a do-not-track system, according to a spokesman for Ms. Speier.

Pandora Files to Raise $100 Million in IPO

Let the floodgates open. First it was LinkedIn, and now it is the music-streaming service Pandora that has filed for an initial public offering.

Intel: MeeGo-ing Forward Even Without Nokia

Nokia’s commitment to MeeGo may be tenuous after today’s big announcement, but Intel’s is unwavering. The chip giant says it’s sticking with the Linux-based mobile platform regardless of where its partner’s head is at these days.


Nokia/Microsoft Slogan Session

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)


With Mubarak Out, an Egyptian Venture Firm Goes Back to Work

As Egypt President Hosni Mubarak steps down today, Hany Al-Sonbaty has returned to work with renewed determination. The co-founder and managing partner of new Egyptian venture capital firm Sawari Ventures launched the Cairo-based firm in January, just a week before riots broke out with protesters demanding improved living conditions and a change in the country’s leadership.

QOTD: Nokia Loses Passion–And Right Before Valentine's Day

“I worry about my old friends a lot. I’m sad to see they no longer trust they can make a difference. They’ve given up and given away their passion. Sorry, that ain’t gonna work. You must believe yourself and what you are up to, and you must believe you can change the world. That’s the only way I know.”

Former Nokia exec Ari Jaaksi, who now serves as senior vice president of webOS at Hewlett-Packard’s Palm division, on Nokia’s new partnership with Microsoft

Groupon Defeated in Super Bowl: CEO Apologizes, Pulls All TV Commercials

After controversy plagued its multimillion-dollar ad campaign launched during the Super Bowl, Groupon has issued a formal apology and has made the drastic decision to pull all three TV commercials.

Massive Layoffs Expected at Nokia