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Video Processor Elemental Technologies Raises $13 Million

Elemental Technologies, a six-year-old start-up that helps companies process and manage Web video, has raised a $13 million C round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Earlier investors General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures, who had put $14.5 million into the company, re-upped. Elemental’s clients include Disney, Comcast and Time Warner’s HBO.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus