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The Funding Keeps Flowing: Miso, awe.sm, ntro, HealthRally

If I wanted to sling endless funding announcements at you, there would be plenty of ammo these days. I don’t, but it does seem worth noting that social start-ups continue to raise lots of (mostly little) rounds. Here are a smattering of announcements from a good selection of social start-ups in just the past day:

Miso is helping itself stand out from the many other social TV start-ups by adding $4 million in funding led by Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures.

Awe.sm, which helps companies analyze social sharing, raised $4 million led by Foundry Group and GRP Partners.

Ntro is launching a new social discovery app to help users meet people in their local area with $1.7 million in angel funding from Los Angeles investors Jarl Mohn, Gordon Crawford and Kevin Wall.

HealthRally raised $400,000 from investors including Esther Dyson for a yet-to-be-released social health platform to help friends encourage friends to meet their wellness goals.

And Academia.edu, a social network for researchers to share their academic papers, raised $4.5 million from Spark Capital and True Ventures.

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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik