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Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation — Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week.

Groupon Q3 Beats The Street On Sales Of $757.1M, EPS Of $0.03 — Still pushing hard on its strategy to be more than just a site for daily deals, today the e-commerce powerhouse Groupon reported its quarterly earnings. It reported revenues fo $757.1 million on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, but a negative EPS of $0.03 on a non-GAAP basis.

LinkedIn Q3 Beats The Street, Sales Of $568M, EPS $0.52 — In a quarter that has seen a mixed set of results for social networks Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn today reported its quarterly results, handily beating analyst estimates on sales of $568 million, up 45% compared to a year ago and sales of $393 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52.

Yahoo Poaches Amazon Ad Exec Lisa Utzschneider, Ned Brody Takes Ad Tech Role — Some executive musical chairs and a interesting poach/hire at Yahoo announced today. The company has named Lisa Utzschneider as its SVP of Sales for the Americas, nabbing her from Amazon, where she was VP, Global Advertising Sales and had been with the company since 2008.

Q3 Tablet Shipments Up 11% to 54M, Samsung Closing In On Apple’s iPads — Tablets - once thought of as the great disruptor to PC sales with their lighter form factor and cheaper price - continue to grow in sales, but at a far slower pace than in quarters past.

LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners — Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world's biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications.

Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France — Yelp continues with its march across Europe to build up its reach in local listings in the region. Today, the company announced the acquisition of Cityvox, a reviews site in France that focuses on restaurants and nightlife and "providing great consumer insights for businesses ranging from restaurants and brasseries to cinemas and clubs, basically any business falling into the restaurant and nightlife categories," writes Mike Ghaffary, VP Business & Corporate Development at Yelp in the blog post.

Big In India: Messaging App Nimbuzz Goes To UK’s New Call In $250M Deal — Yet more consolidation in the messaging app business: Nimbuzz, an early mover in messaging that currently has 200 million+ users with a large number of those in India, has been majority acquired by New Call. The UK-based provider of low-cost fixed line and broadband services has taken a 70% stake in the business for $175 million, valuing the full company at $250 million.

India’s Snapdeal Snaps Up $627M Led By SoftBank To Supercharge Its Marketplace — A big day for e-commerce startups in India, and a double boom for Japan's SoftBank. Snapdeal, founded four years ago as a marketplace for third party retailers in India to sell goods online, has raised an additional $627 million from SoftBank Internet and Media to continue building out its business in the country, both organically and through acquisitions.

India’s Answer To Uber, Olacabs Takes $210M Led By Softbank At $1B Valuation — SoftBank is doubling down on India, quite literally. The Japanese tech powerhouse, flush with billions from its extremely lucrative Alibaba investment, is today confirming that it has led a $210 million investment in Olacabs, an Uber-style service in India that aims to use technology to shake up and dominate the car-for-hire and wider transportation market in the country.
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Oct 31, 2014

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. My scoop turned out to be true, WSJ got the exclusive on the 'official' confirmation. What else is new?

Oct 31, 2014

Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation tip @Techmeme (phew)

Oct 31, 2014

@mediaczar @janrezab But that's not to say that couldn't change Jan. It's a matter of formats and the cards open up new possibilitiees

Oct 31, 2014

@mediaczar @janrezab YT has way more real estate (physical and temporal) at the moment than Twitter does.

Oct 31, 2014

@mediaczar both of those i think. mopub a big part of it (i suspected that at the time of the acquisition, and it seems to be playing out)

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