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Jessica Alba And The Honest Company Celebrate The Launch Of The Springtime In Paris Diaper Collection

Lab Tests Show That Jessica Alba's Honest Detergent Contains a Significant Amount of SLS Chemicals It Claimed to Never Use

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is facing allegations of using harsh chemicals it claimed to never use. Two test labs initiated by the Wall Street Journal showed a significant amount of the chemical SLS, but the company strongly denied using the chemical in manufacturing.

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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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Gala Television Corp (Gala TV)

Formosa Plastics agrees to acquire Taiwanese cable firm Gala TV

Kaohsiung, Taiwan-based business conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group agreed to acquire a 95% stake in Taiwanese cable network Gala Television Corp (Gala TV) from Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners for an undisclosed amount.

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Bidu.com

Amadeus picks up $4.5M stake in Brazilian insurance broker Bidu

London, UK-based venture capital firm Amadeus Capital picked up an undisclosed stake in Sao Paulo, Brazil-based online insurance broker Bidu.com for $4.5 million to take advantage of the growth in emerging markets.

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Semantic Sugar Inc (AdRoll)

Merus Capital forms special fund to invest in US ad-tech firm AdRoll

Palo Alto, US-based software-focused venture capital firm Merus Capital formed a special Merus Capital Opporunity Fund just after it closed its second fund at $43 million to support the late-stage development of San Francisco-based ad-tech firm AdRoll.

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CrowdRise Inc

American charity crowdfunding site CrowdRise bags $23M to fund expansion

Detroit, US-based charity fundraising platform CrowdRise bagged $23 million in a funding round with Union Square Ventures as the lead investor to back its growth campaigns and platform expansion initiatives.

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Jack Dorsey

Square denies acquisition talks with Google

Although Google reportedly considered San Francisco, US-based mobile payments system Square Inc as a potential acquisition or merger candidate, the latter denied reports that it has entered acquisition talks with search giant.

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Munchery Inc

San Francisco food delivery startup Munchery raises $28M in Series B funding

San Francisco, US-based online food delivery startup Munchery raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by Sherpa Ventures to bring its service to Seattle and other places in the US.

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Apple Inc

Apple acquires British voice recognition startup Novauris

US-based electronics giant Apple Inc acquired British automatic speech recognition startup Novauris Technologies for an undisclosed amount more than a year ago to gain traction over Google Now and Microsoft Cortana.

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Amazon

Amazon.com denies free TV service rumors

American e-commerce giant Amazon.com rumors that it was planning to launch a free and ad-supported TV and music streaming service, after rumors about the supposed free service spread ahead of a scheduled New York conference.

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Marc Andreessen

US venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz closes fourth fund at $1.5B

Silicon Valley, US-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz closed its fourth fund at $1.5 billion to invest in a varied range of sectors including 3D printing, consumer mobile, and bitcoin.

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RealCrowd Inc

US real estate crowdfunding startup RealCrowd nabs $1.6M in seed funding

San Francisco, US-based real estate equity crowdfunding startup RealCrowd Inc nabbed $1.6 million in a seed funding round from Data Collective, Y Combinator's Garry Tan, and some real estate managers.

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Lydian International

Jersey-based gold explorer Lydian pockets C$4.7M in private placement

Saint Helier, Jersey-based gold mining and minerals exploration Lydian International pocketed C$4.7 million in a private share sale to its shareholders International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) to fund its operations in Armenia.

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Vicarious

Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher invest $40M in stealthy AI startup Vicarious

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, and Tesla founder Elon Musk invested $40 million in the second funding round of secretive artificial intelligence (AI) startup Vicarious.

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Pley

American LEGO rental startup Pley closes $6.75M in Series A round

San Jose, California-based LEGO rental startup Pley closed $6.75 million in its Series A funding round led by Allegro Venture Partners to fuel its product, workforce, and international expansion efforts.

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