San Francisco, US-based social news service Nuzzel came out of beta testing to open let all users view a public feed of the most relevant and popular news that are automatically customized according to their interest.
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Thousand Oaks, US-based agricultural biotechnology seed firm Ceres Inc got $23 million from a recent public offering of common stock to be used for its operations and other corporate purposes.
California, US-based semiconductor startup Aquantia Corp closed $16 million in a Series G funding round led by Xilinx Inc as it prepares for its initial public offering (IPO) in the US.
San Leandro, US-based hearing product developer iHear Medical launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to make personalized hearing aids available for 350 people worldwide with hearing impairment.
Berkeley, US-based machine learning startup Wise.io pocketed $2.5 million in its first round of funding which was led by Voyager Capital to let its clients build machine learning models for customer behavior analytics.
Palo Alto, US-based beauty box retailer Memebox, which was imported from South Korea, bagged $1.5 million in venture funding to establish its presence in the US.
Santa Monica, US-based events planning mobile app Klutch scored $1.5 million in a funding round led by LaunchpadLA to help people plan get-togethers and socialize offline.
Redwood City, US-based social media startup Banjo landed $16 million in a Series B funding led by Balderton Capital to fund its growth, international expansion, and product development.
Newport Beach, US-based micro investing app Acorns raised $5.5 million in a Series B funding round led by Jacobs Asset Management to let people invest in index funds using their spare change.
Los Angeles, California-based concert and ticketing digital unit LiveNation Labs added San Francisco-based social search startup for an undisclosed amount to deliver improved concert experience for music fans.
Arlington, US-based intelligence community investment arm In-Q-Tel (IQT) picked up a stake in Redwood City, California-based analytics data preparation firm Paxata for an undisclosed amount.
Sean Parker, the first president of Facebok, broke off from California, US-based venture capital firm Founders Fund as a partner to devote more his time to his new projects.
River Grove, Illinois-based educational firm Follett Corp invested an undisclosed amount in Santa Clara, California-based software startup ShowEvidence through its venture fund Follett Knowledge Fund.
Sunnyvale, California-based Internet giant Yahoo snapped up Portland, Oregon-based automated graphic design startup Vizify for an undisclosed amount as part of its on-going acquisition spree of design-focused startups.
California, US-based Internet provider FreedomPop introduced Privacy Phone, a smartphone that promises fully encrypted voice and text communications that costs $10 a month and can be purchased using Bitcoin.