As Investment Rises, Games Are Still Raking In a Huge Slice of the Mobile Revenue Pie

And investment in those games is climbing back up, according to Digi-Capital.
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IBM Boosts Share Buyback and Dividend

IBM said today that its board of directors has approved an additional $5 billion in share buybacks and a 12 percent hike in its quarterly dividend. The new dividend will be 95 cents a share. It’s the 18th year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly dividend, and it has been paying one consistently since 1916. The move follows a quarterly earnings report that fell short of expectations.

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Facebook Commerce Startup Soldsie Raises $1 Million

Soldsie, a Facebook-based e-commerce startup that allows users to make purchases from within Facebook comments, has raised $1 million in seed funds, the company announced Wednesday. Participating in the round were 500 Startups, e.ventures and FundersClub, along with former Facebook employees Yun-Fang Juan and Jonathan Ehrlich and others.

Seven More Questions for Andreessen Horowitz Enterprise Dude Peter Levine

Questions about security, and what to look for in a management team.
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AirWatch, Mobile Device Manager for Enterprises, Raises $200 Million from Insight Venture Partners

There’s a big business in helping big companies wrangle their fleets of iPads and other mobile devices.
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Insight Ventures Invests $53 Million in SR Labs, Electronic Trading Player

Insight Venture Partners announced today that it had made a $53 million investment in SR Labs, a company that builds high-performance electronic trading platforms. Founded in 2007, SR Labs serves clients that include hedge funds and investment banks, including Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan. Its specialty is data gathering and trade execution. Deven Parekh, managing director at Insight, and Martin Angert, a principal at the firm, will join SR Labs’ board of directors as part of the deal.

Investors Steering Dollars Away From Social Games Ever Since Zynga’s IPO

Social gaming may not be receiving the attention it once had, but gaming continues to be a hot investment sector, according to a new report.
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Dyn Raises $38 Million From North Bridge; Jason Calacanis Joins Its Board

New Hampshire’s 11-year-old Internet concern takes its first investment round.
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Warren Buffett Goes Bigger on Big Blue, Bails Out of Intel

The legendary investor hardly gets to know the world’s biggest chipmaker, but remains IBM’s largest single shareholder.
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Prominent Investors Miss Web IPO Payoff

For venture capitalists and other prominent investors in young companies, an initial public offering is supposed to be the big payoff for years of patience. It’s not working out that way for some backers of newly public Internet companies.

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