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QuizUp Creator Plain Vanilla Games Raises Another $22 Million

On top of a $1.2 million seed round, a $2.5 million Series A and then a $2 million extension to that Series A, Plain Vanilla Games has just raised another bundle of money for its mobile trivia game QuizUp: A $22 million Series B, led by Sequoia Capital. The company’s previous investors, including Tencent Holdings, also participated in the round. The app now has five million active users, according to a press release.

Cyanogen Raises Another $23 Million From Tencent and Andreessen Horowitz to Help Fund a More Open Android

The company expects to hire about 70 more people in the next several months to boost its engineering and design ranks.
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Snapchat Is Mulling Another Huge Round at a $3.5 Billion Valuation

Yes, we know: Cray cray.
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Enterproid Lands Another $12 Million, Led by Google Ventures, to Help Manage Corporate Mobile Devices

The company also plans to adopt the name of its flagship Divide product.
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Cap That Raises $2.3 Million to Skin Your Next iPhone

Custom merch creation company Cap That announced Tuesday that it raised $2.3 million in series B funding, backed by Canadian start-up incubator Intertainment Media. Much akin to companies like Cafe Press and Zazzle, Cap That allows users to upload video or Instagram photos they’ve taken, and imprint a captured still image on merchandise like smartphone covers, T-shirts, coffee mugs and wall art.

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Dataminr Raises $13 Million in Series B Round

Social analytics firm Dataminr announced on Monday that it closed a series B round of venture funding, adding $13 million in capital on top of the $3.5 million raised previously. The company uses its access to Twitter’s full Firehose of continuously flowing data to isolate and predict events and trends, with a particular emphasis on the financial and governmental sectors. Dataminr will use the capital injection on technology and client acquisition.

After Pinterest, Japan’s Rakuten Makes Another U.S. E-Commerce Investment — This Time in Daily Grommet

Are you ready for “Citizen Commerce”?
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Jeff Ma Talks About TenXer Raising $3 Million More to Help You Judge Yourself (Video)

Trying to do 10 times better takes some effort (and funding).
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Fenwick VC Survey: Q2 Funding Valuations Shoot the Moon

According to the law firm’s latest Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey, fundings in the second quarter of this year showed the highest valuation increases in more than five years.
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Identified Snags $21 Million in Series B Funding Round

Professional networking start-up Identified announced on Monday the completion of a $21 million Series B funding round. VantagePoint Capital and Capricorn Investment Group led the round; previous investors Tim Draper, Bill Draper and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors also participated. As something of a cross between LinkedIn, Klout and Zynga, Identified aims to pair job-seeking twentysomethings — the company’s key demographic — with potential employers.