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Retirees: Have you checked bank CD rates lately?

Getting low-risk yield has been one of the toughest challenges for retirees ever since the financial meltdown of 2008-2009. Interest rates are near zero, and many retirees are nervous about bonds out of fear that rates might jump.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg pledges $120 million to Bay Area schools

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $120 million to Bay Area schools to help underserved communities in San Francisco, the two wrote in an essay to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Pinterest wins new funding, raising valuation to $5 billion

Pinterest has raised a new $200 million round of funding that gives it a valuation of $5 billion, the photo pin-up site said on Thursday. Pinterest, which allows users to create online bulletin boards based on various themes such as...

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SocialRank

SocialRank pockets $1 mln seed round funding to steal your Twitter followers

SocialRank bags $1 million in seed funding led by Vaizra Investments with other participants Advancit Capital, BOLDstart Ventures, Social Starts, Iowa City Capital Partners, and various angel investors.

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Ventures compete for investors at Florida Early Stage Conference

The Florida Venture Forum will host its seventh annual Early Stage Conference May 15 together with the 4th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition in Florida attended by 20 choice ventures positioned for equity financing.

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Smore

US web design platform Smore raises $1.7M in seed funding

Palo Alto, California-based single-page promotional website design platform raised $1.7 million in a seed funding round ledyby Founder's Co-op to expand its market reach, improve its products, and enable mobile content creation.

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Kabbage.com

US-based e-commerce lending firm Kabbage lands $50M in Series D financing

Atlanta, Georgia-based e-commerce lending firm Kabbage Inc landed $50 million in its Series D financing led by SoftBank Capital to provide $500 million worth of loans for small online businesses by the end of 2014.

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StreetShares

US social lending firm StreetShares bags $1.2M in seed round to back veteran-owned businesses

Reston, Virginia-based social lending marketplace StreetShares bagged $1.2 million in its seed funding round with Accion Venture Lab as the lead investor to back veteran-owned and main street businesses after it launches this month.

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Andrew Forrest

Mining tycoon Andrew Forrest acquires Australian beef processor Harvey Beef

Mining tycoon Andrew Forrest acquired Perth, Western Australia-based beef processor and exporter Harvey Beef for an undisclosed amount through his company Minderoo, and announced expansion plans for the newly-acquired firm.

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Odyssey Airlines

Odyssey Airlines to raise $8.4 million through crowdfunding

Odyssey Airlines has decided to source investment through a crowdfunding that would allow the company to raise $8.4 million equity capital in preparation for a launch in 2016 and its operational costs.

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Hire an Esquire

New York legal staffing startup Hire an Esquire closes $350K in seed funding

New York City, US-based online legal staffing startup Hire an Esquire closed $350,000 in its seed funding round from investors 37 Angels, 645 Ventures, and Ulu Ventures to expand its client base.

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Waggl

San Francisco based startup Waggl receives $1.1 mln seed funding

Waggl, a San Francisco based startup launched in February from a spin-off from Fort Hill Company offering messaging and business polling, has raised $1.1 million seed funding round.

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Netshow.me

Brazilian startup Netshow.me closes seed round to offer online concert service for artists

Sao Paulo, Brazil-based curated web platform Netshow.me closed an undisclosed amount in its seed funding round from Buscape co-founder Rodrigo Borges to offer online concert service for artists and musicians.

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Understory

Understory bags $1.9M in seed round for ground-level weather detection in the US

Madison, US-based weather forecasting and analytics startup Understory bagged $1.9 million in a seed funding round led by True Ventures to build software and a forecasting model that will be able to generate weather data through ground-level observation.

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StealthGas Inc

Greek petroleum firm StealthGas raises $47M in share sale

Kifisia, Greece-based petroleum and petrochemical gas products transporter StealthGas Inc raised $47 million through the sale of 4.47 million common shares at $10.50 apiece for its vessels purchases and other corporate purposes.

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