Lexity: We’re Not Just Another Folded-In Yahoo “Acqhire”

Lexity, which was bought by Yahoo 10 days ago, has already made its real-time e-commerce dashboard available for Yahoo merchants.

HP and Google Team Up to Offer Small Businesses “IT in a Box”

But it has nothing at all to do with Microsoft, really.

TaskRabbit Would Like to Be Your New Temp Agency

TaskRabbit says it will have lower fees and much more transparency than a traditional temp agency.

On Deck Raises $42 Million to Provide Online Loans to Local Businesses

Institutional Venture Partners led the round, with RRE Ventures, SAP Ventures and First Round Capital also participating.

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Facebook Continues Testing Free Wi-Fi With Cafe Partners

Facebook is in the midst of a small program with a handful of cafes in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas. In the program, first noticed by Inside Facebook, Facebook provides its partner cafes with free routers, and customers check in to the business on Facebook in order to access the Internet. The service is being tested inside Philz Coffee in San Francisco, according to Hunter Walk, as well as a handful of Palo Alto cafes.

Former Yahoo Exec Blake Irving Named CEO of Domain Giant Go Daddy

Another new leader for the Web registration giant.


Google to Rein In Free Version of Software

Google Inc. said it stopped offering its suite of Web-based software for businesses — known as Google Apps — free of charge to groups of 10 or fewer users, as it moves to generate revenue from previously free services.

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MindBody Banks $35 Million for Small-Biz SaaS

MindBody raised $35 million in venture funding, the company announced Thursday morning, in a round led by Institutional Venture Partners. Catalyst Investors and Bessemer Venture Partners, two existing investors in the company, also participated in the round. Founded in 2001, MindBody sells client management software to health and wellness industry clients, serving 20,000 clients across more than 80 countries. The company has raised upward of $23 million to date.


Dot-Com Bubble’s Equity Swaps Are Back

The swapping of equity for services is exploding, as a range of professional services providers seek to profit directly from the growing demand for their services on the part of U.S. start-ups.

NCR Turns the iPad Into a Cash Register

The company that by 1925 had put a cash register in every store in America wants small businesses back.

FCC Chair Proposes Net Neutrality Rules