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Phone registry company Neustar weighs sale - sources

Neustar Inc, a company which helps North American telecommunication carriers route calls and text messages, is considering a potential sale amid interest from private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Dynegy cuts exposure to wholesale power with deals worth $6.25 billion

Power company Dynegy Inc (DYN.N) said on Friday that it would buy coal and gas power plants for $6.25 billion to increase its presence in two less regulated eastern U.S. markets, sending its shares up as much as 22.5 percent.

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Germany gives nod to RWE unit sale to Russian investor: sources

Germany's economy ministry will approve the sale of utility RWE's (RWEG.DE) oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor despite tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis, two people familiar with the matter said.

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Citigroup seeks to exit Japanese retail banking

Citigroup Inc (C.N) is preparing to sell its Japanese retail banking operations, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, as it waves the white flag on a venture plagued by regulatory troubles and anemic lending.

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Australia's Telstra buys video platform company Ooyala for $270 million

Australia's largest telecommunications company Telstra Ltd said on Tuesday it had paid $270 million to buy out Silicon Valley-based video platform company Ooyala as part of a deeper push into digital media.

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Russia's Trellas invests $30 million in VidMind

Israel-based VidMind has just received $30 million in financing from Trellas, one of Russia's largest independent retail groups, which has already invested over $30 million in Vidmind.

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Memblaze to use $20 million from Series C to fund research and development of new generation flash memory products

Chinese news reports that Beijing based-Memblaze has completed Series C funding with $20 million. Investors include Bertelsmann Asia Investments, Israel's Infinity Group, ZTE Corporation's Ding Xing Fund, and Genertec Investment Managers Ltd.

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Cloud solutions company Bitglass gets further $25 million in Series B from investors

Backed by Norwest Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), SingTel Innov8 of the SingTel Group, and an undisclosed global bank, Bitglass reportedly received additional $25 million in Series B funding. Norwest and NEA were also among its investors in the earlier round, where it got $10 million. The company plans to use the new investment to expand sales, marketing and technology development.

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Retention Science's "retention marketing technology" gets $7 million in Series A

Retention Science managed to raise $7 million in Series A funding, backed by Upfront Ventures, and earlier investors including Baroda Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures as well as so-called angel investors. With the recent funding, the company reportedly plans to hire sales and marketing staff, as well as more data scientists who can demonstrate "retention marketing" beyond retail.

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Vectra Networks gets a total of $42.8 million after recent Series C funding

Vectra Networks managed to raise additional $25 million in its Series C funding from existing investor Accel Partners and other investors, including AME Cloud Ventures, IA Ventures and Khosla Ventures participating in the round, Intel Capital and Juniper Networks, through its Junos Innovation Fund. The new investment will be used to boost sales, marketing efforts as well as engineering.

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Cancer research startup Juno Therapeutics raises $300 million in less than a year

Seattle-based Juno Therapeutics announced it has closed Series B round of funding with $134 million. The new funding came from previous investors including ARCH Venture Partners, Alaska Permanent Fund, Bezos Expedition, the personal investment company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Venrock. Also participating in Series B are 10 other mutual funds and healthcare-related funds that wish to remain anonymous.

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OHMK Medical Technology invests $7 million in EndyMed Ltd

Israeli-company EndyMed Ltd has reached an agreement with the Chinese OHMK Medical Technology, which will acquire 47.93 million EndyMed shares (28.94 percent share capital and voting rights), for $7 million.

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Why Swell Acquisition for $30M is Beneficial to Apple?

Following Apple’s acquisition of Beats, the tech giant now turns to another possible iTunes enhancer – Swell. The tech world is buzzing with predictions and suppositions that this deal may be the "Pandora's box of talk radio."

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Sony invests in image sensor production amid 'selfie' boom

Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies.

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