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Web Commenting Platform Disqus Raises $10 Million

Disqus, a startup that operates a commenting platform for 750,000 Web sites, including this one, has raised a $10 million funding round led by North Bridge and Union Square Ventures. The start-up, hatched at Y Combinator in 2007, had previously raised $4.5 million from USV and others. It faces competition from Facebook, which just launched its own commenting system; Twitter may also offer a competitive product.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald