Tasty: FoodyDirect Gets $3M, as Former Goldman Tech Banker Turns Entrepreneur

Can you make lox, bagels and a schmear digital?
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Along With Flickr, Mail and Homepage, Yahoo’s Board Will Also Get a Refresh (and SuperPoke Dude!)

Director merry-go-round on the ever-changing Yahoo board.
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Cloud Media Start-Up Plizy Raises $4 Million From Atlas

Plizy, a San Francisco-based cloud media start-up, said it has raised $4 million in a Series A funding from Atlas Venture. The company, which recently launched a new version of its product on the Web and for Apple iPad, allows users to search, organize, watch and share online content, such as movies and television shows. Plizy, which had previously raised $1.2 million in an angel round, will use the money to expand its content offerings and build out to other platforms. In addition to the funding, Plizy said that PayPal President David Marcus will join Plizy’s board, along with Atlas’ Fred Destin.

Ready for His Close-Up: Ross Levinsohn to Join Zefr Board

The former Yahoo exec joins the Venice, Calif.-based video start-up, which is about to celebrate one billion monthly views.
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News App Spun Tries to Digg Up Some Local Flavor

A new Apple iPhone news app aims to be a one-stop shop for local news about food, the arts and the overall flavor of a city. “We love cities,” said Spun CEO Andy Hunter. The app, launching today, is powered by human editors in each city, who curate stories from local Web sites based on their own judgment and social media buzz. Work on Spun began before Betaworks relaunched Digg, but Hunter acknowledged their similar approaches. He emphasized that the mobile app will notify users when they pass by something they’ve read about — for example, a local historical landmark or well-liked restaurant.

Exclusive: Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon?

Is a boardroom showdown looming for the troubled daily deals company and its affable co-founder?
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Valley Cred: Samsung Plans to Open New Start-Up Accelerator in Downtown Palo Alto

While it’s not quite Oppa Gangnam style, it is a big move for the Korean mobile and consumer electronics giant.
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Small Is Beautiful: Greycroft Partners Raises $175 Million in Third Fund

The New York- and Los Angeles-based firm said it wants to make sure its does not get caught up in the froth.
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SEO Start-Up Conductor Raises $20 Million