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Yahoo’s Mobile Sales Now Make Up 20% of Total Revenue

blogs.wsj.com — Yahoo's revenue fell yet again this past quarter, but investors might take solace in CEO Marissa Mayer's quote emblazoned at the top of the company's press release: Sales of ads from mobile devices rose 23% in the fourth quarter and now make up about one-fifth of total sales.

Snapchat cracks top 10 largest u.s. venture-capital deals

marketwatch.com — Messaging firm Snapchat disclosed in a filing on New Year's Eve that it raised a whopping investment totaling $486 million, capping a year that included some of the biggest private-funding rounds in history. To find out where Los Angeles-based Snapchat's financing ranks in the annals of venture capital, we turned to Dow Jones VentureSource, which has catalogued private investments in U.S.

Snapchat Cracks Top 10 Largest U.S. Venture-Capital Deals

blogs.wsj.com — Messaging firm Snapchat disclosed in a filing on New Year's Eve that it raised a whopping $486 million investment, capping a year that included some of the biggest private-funding rounds in history. To find out where Los Angeles-based Snapchat's financing ranks in the annals of venture capital, we turned to Dow Jones VentureSource, which has catalogued private investments in U.S.

Stripe’s Valuation Rises to $3.6 Billion With $70 Million Round

blogs.wsj.com — As competition in online payments heats up, investors are doubling down on Stripe. The payments startup raised $70 million in a new funding round valuing it at $3.57 billion, doubling its valuation in less than a year, Chief Executive Patrick Collison said in an interview.

Is Uber’s Biggest Rival Itself? A Collection of Controversy

blogs.wsj.com — In his bid to upend the taxicab industry, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has simultaneously declared war on taxi drivers, governments around the world and smaller rivals like Lyft. But on its war path to a $30 billion valuation, Uber continues to battle itself with questionable comments and tactics that are in danger of harming the company's reputation and becoming a liability.

Six New Features to Expect From Twitter

blogs.wsj.com — Twitter on Wednesday sought to quell criticism that it isn't improving the design and functionality of its service fast enough. Company executives touted a slew of new features and products - without giving away too much - that are coming within the next 12 months.

Lyft Alleges Former Executive Took Secret Documents With Him to Uber

blogs.wsj.com — An executive who recently left Lyft to join ridesharing rival Uber is being accused of taking secret documents with him. Lyft said it has sued Travis VanderZanden, its former chief operating officer, for breaching a confidentiality agreement he signed upon joining the company last year.

Four More Years of Blowing Venture Bubbles?

blogs.wsj.com — If at least one bright spot emanated from the financial crisis, it's that the economic despair washed away, for a short time, endless talk of an Internet investment bubble. If you'll recall, nearly every newspaper, technology blog and geek fest debated whether there was a "Web 2.0″ bubble in 2006, the year Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, Facebook Inc.

Venture Capitalists’ Confidence Is Waning - or So It Seems

blogs.wsj.com — A quarterly survey that gauges the confidence level in Silicon Valley shows that venture capitalists downgraded their enthusiasm in the third quarter. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Bay Area's big-spending climate is about to change. Prof. Mark Cannice of the University of San Francisco asked VCs to estimate their confidence in the area's entrepreneurial environment over the next six to 18 months.

Yahoo’s Alibaba IPO Riches: $6.3 Billion

blogs.wsj.com — Yahoo's official haul from the Alibaba IPO: $6.3 billion.That's after paying about $4 billion in taxes, but the sum is a bit larger than most estimates pegging the total between $5 billion and $6 billion. Yahoo said it ended the third quarter with more than $12 billion in cash and marketable securities, even after it spent $1.6 billion buying back shares.
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Jan 27, 2015

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer dismisses an AOL deal: “We don’t see a particularly accretive contribution." blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01… by @dmac1 $YHOO

Jan 27, 2015

RT @JPaskin: This guy is charging $85/night to sleep in his Tesla Model S — in his garage. Airbnb, making dreams come true. businessweek.com/articles/2015-…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @ShiraOvide: Microsoft has shed nearly $40 billion of market cap in 2 hours. In Silicon Valley numbers, that's 570,000 Tesla Model S cars.

Jan 27, 2015

Pot pitches: Apps delivering medicinal marijuana, a social network for cannabis enthusiasts, pot-glazed pecans on.wsj.com/1H2pXa8

Jan 27, 2015

Doesn't this also show that Yahoo has lost a ton of talent over the years? recode.net/2015/01/26/yah…

Jan 27, 2015

Finally. Video on Twitter. You can shoot up to 30 seconds from the app, edit and post it. on.wsj.com/15FYfyz pic.twitter.com/YYxTlvMBVr

Jan 27, 2015

Hello, Yahoo: Snapchat is turning into an Internet portal for the smartphone age. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01… by @dmac1

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