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San Francisco-based startup BrightFunnel secures $1M to build more accurate marketing predictions

San Francisco, US-based marketing startup BrightFunnel secured just under $1 million in advisory funding to build a product that generates smarter and more accurate sales predictions.

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Y Combinator

American seed accelerator Y Combinator limits partner investments to foster fair fundraising opportunities for its startups

Mountain View, California based seed accelerator Y Combinator (YC) announced that it will restrict its partner investments until three weeks after demo day to give all its startups an equal chance to raise funds.

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GrowthHackers

GrowthHackers opens community site for startup marketing and growth

Costa Mesa, California-based firm GrowthHackers opened a community news site today where members can post resources and learning materials centered around growth hacking or marketing.

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Gigya

Gigya launches new tool to simplify mass personalization for American consumers

Mountain View, California-bases social login pioneer Gigya launched a new tool that will give marketers data that will flow into personalized online and offline marketing campaigns for American consumers.

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IBM Corp

Twitter buys over 900 IBM patents to settle infringement dispute

San Francisco, US-based social media giant Twitter decided to buy more than 900 patents from American multinational tech firm IBM to settle patent infringement claims against it, with the two companies forming a patent cross-licensing agreement.

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YouBetMe

California-based startup YouBetMe launches app that helps keep track of casual bets

San Francisco, California-bases mobile betting startup YouBetMe is launching an app that helps keep track of casual bets, and is planning to raise Series A funding in the near future.

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TiVo

TiVo to add North Carolina pay-TV service Digitalsmiths

San Jose, California-based digital video recording (DVR) company TiVo announced that it will add Durham, North Carolina-based cloud-based content discovery service Digitalsmiths for an undisclosed amount.

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Square Inc

Washington University professor sues Square for patent infringement

Washington University associate professor of engineering Robert Morley sued Square co-founders Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey for fraud and patent infringement, claiming he was wrongly left off a patent for the attachable credit card reader device.

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Zynga Inc

US social games maker Zynga lays off 314 employees

San Francisco, California-based social games services provider Zynga Inc is laying off around 314 employees, or 15% of its workforce, as part of a cost reduction strategy to generate between $33 million to $35 million in savings for 2014.

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California Prison

Center for Health Program Management, funding partners awards $1.6M in grant funding to four counties for juvenile justice reform implementation

The Center for Health Program Management and its funding partners which include Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation gave a grant of $1.6 million to four counties to support the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

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Bitcoin

American finance app Mint integrates with Coinbase for faster bitcoin and finance tracking

Mountain View, California-based personal finance app Mint is integrating with San Francisco-based bitcoin wallet service Coinbase to help clients track their bitcoins along with their other financial accounts.

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Coding

Regulator seeks to close down coding bootcamps in California

Several coding bootcamps in California are facing an imminent shutdown after receiving a warning from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to start complying with licensing regulations within two weeks.

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Dijit Media

New York's Viggle snaps up rival social TV startup Dijit Media

New York, US-based social TV startup Viggle snapped up San Francisco, California-based rival Dijit Media for an undisclosed sum to acquire and incorporate the latter's NextGuide and reminder button features into its own offerings.

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Elder people on a bench

HomeHero launches caregiver marketplace for aging adults in California

Los Angeles, California-based caregiver marketplace HomeHero launched its website that aims to connect aging adults with pre-screened caregivers and provide families with an easier way to communicate with and monitor hired caregivers.

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Yahoo! Inc

Yahoo closes Tomfoolery acquisition, will shut down Anchor app

Yahoo has closed the acquisition of San Francisco, California-based enterprise app studio Tomfoolery, and will be shutting down the latter's Anchor app, according to a source familiar with the deal.

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