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Autodesk Creates $100 Million Fund to Back 3-D Printing Technology — Autodesk Inc. is strengthening its position in the 3-D printing space, creating a $100 million fund to bankroll researchers and entrepreneurs and striking a handful of diverse partnerships involving everything from IP protection to inexpensive metal printing.

In Tough Digital-Advertising Market, Visible Measures Seeks to ‘Grow Up’ — Venture investors are continuing to back digital-advertising startups, even as their public counterparts wither on Wall Street. Boston-based Visible Measures is the latest one, scooping up funding from existing investors in a round that valued the nine-year-old company at less than $200 million, which is less than its previous funding round.

Ello Raises $5.5 Million for Social Network, Promises No Ads or Selling User Data — Ello Pbc., an ad-free social network that pledged to never sell user data, has made its philosophy binding and secured funding from investors who agree with its approach to make money other ways. Ello filed to be a public benefit corporation, a designation that bakes specific operating principles and guidelines into the company's legal charter.

Technisys Raises $13 Million From Intel and Others for Latin American Banking — A startup that powers Latin American banks delivering services to people via mobile, ATMs, online and other means has secured $13 million in Series B funding from investors including Intel Capital, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned. Miami-based Technisys SA, founded in 1996, employs 300.

Alibaba Partners With Quixey, Aims for “Deep Mobile Search” in China — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is intensifying its mobile push with new technology to make apps-and the information buried in them-as easy to search as websites. The move increases competition with Google Inc. and others in the market for "deep mobile search," in which China is a key battleground.

Kids Games Device Osmo Secures $12M, Hits Apple Retail Stores — Pramod Sharma wanted his 5-year-old to look up from playing games on the iPad. So, last year the former Google Inc. engineer teamed up with fellow Googler and gaming veteran Jerome Scholler to form Tangible Play Inc. and build a system that goes beyond the screen.

Checkr Raises $9 Million Led by Accel for New-Hire Background Checks — Checkr Inc., a startup that expedites background checks on new hires and delivers them in bulk to businesses, has secured $9 million to expand. The company wants to overhaul what has been a time-consuming process by delivering reports as an API, or application programming interface, which automatically runs checks and connects to companies' hiring systems. Checkr competes against the likes of Sterling Infosystems Inc.

VerbalizeIt Raises Seed Round for Translation Services for Businesses — Ryan Frankel co-founded language translation startup VerbalizeIt Inc. after he got food poisoning during a visit to China and felt helpless when he was unable to get medical help. "I couldn't tell them what I needed.

Jibe Raises $20M Led by SAP at $100M Valuation — SAP Ventures has led a $20 million Series C investment in recruiting and hiring software startup Jibe Inc.The infusion, which represents the latest in a string of deals in the human capital sector, boosts funding for the New York-based startup to $37 million and will bankroll its continued expansion from 80 to 120 or so employees....

Alibaba Invests $50M in Peel to Take Smartphone Remote App Beyond TV — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is putting some of its new IPO money to work, plowing $50 million into a startup that turns smartphones and tablets into remote controls with an app. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Peel Technologies Inc.
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Oct 31, 2014

Autodesk focuses on commerical, industrial 3D printing uses, creates $100M fund to back 3D players/talent via @WSJ

Oct 30, 2014

RT @nickbilton: Twitter Product head is a cursed job; everyone who has run it has been pushed out: Jack, Goldman, Ev, Patel, Sippey, Rowghani, and now Graf.

Oct 30, 2014

@Hadley got time to talk about Meowchat? or 415.505.6342

Oct 30, 2014

In Tough Digital-Advertising Market, Visible Measures Seeks to ‘Grow Up’ via @WSJ

Oct 29, 2014

Apps like Whisper promise anonymity. But will they keep their users' secrets? via @WSJ

Oct 27, 2014

@john_frankel Please call me re: Socure at 415.505.6342. On deadline now

Oct 27, 2014

Companies try to balance employees’ use of unauthorized apps, cloud services with security via @WSJ

Oct 27, 2014

German startups continue hot streak, raise $1.5B from VCs last quarter (more than 1/2 of Europe's total) via @WSJD

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