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News ByteSift has raised $540,000 in funding to turn the deluge of offers sent to consumers via email into a shopping app for the iPad. The Burlingame, Calif.-based company, which was incubated by the Tandem accelerator, said the seed funding comes from Shawn Wang, co-founder of Baidu and Unity Ventures; Deep Nishar, SVP of Product at LinkedIn; Bhupen Shah, co-founder of Sling Media; Sand Hill Angels and others. The money will be used to hire more employees.
News ByteGroup Commerce, which runs a daily deals platform for media companies, has laid off 31 people, or roughly 30 percent of its 109-person staff. BusinessInsider first reported the news, confirmed by CEO Jonty Kelt in an email to AllThingsD. The layoffs mean that Group Commerce will no longer source deals locally, and instead will focus on national offers. “We incurred the cost of sourcing local offers, yet did not have control over distribution,” he said, which in turn meant it couldn’t control its revenue.