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Yammer CEO David Sacks, left, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in June that the software giant would buy the social networking startup.

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Yammer CEO David Sacks, left, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in June that the software giant would buy the social networking startup.

Twitter Seen as Losing Yammer’s Support for Patent Initiative

Amid the technology industry’s penchant for patent lawsuits, Twitter unveiled a plan in April designed to curb the court confrontations. The proposal, which limits how companies could use patents against rivals, had a strong ally in Yammer. That might change....

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Businesses that provide off-site services, such as day care centers, may pay referral fees to Care.com.

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Businesses that provide off-site services, such as day care centers, may pay referral fees to Care.com.

Care.com Acquires Besser Betreut as Website Expands Internationally

  Care.com, a website that helps consumers find local care providers for children, seniors and pets, is acquiring Berlin-based Besser Betreut GmbH to fuel international expansion. The two companies combined will have about 7 million members, said Sheila Lirio Marcelo,...

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GitHub began discussions with Marc Andreessen after reading an essay the Netscape co-founder had penned, titled "Why Software is Eating the World."

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GitHub began discussions with Marc Andreessen after reading an essay the Netscape co-founder had penned, titled "Why Software is Eating the World."

GitHub Takes $100M in Largest Investment by Andreessen Horowitz

(This post was updated to include the valuation and correct Tom Preston-Werner’s title.) For years, GitHub has been courted by venture capitalists eager to invest in the online community for software programmers. For years, GitHub’s founders politely declined the offers,...

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Doug Leone, a partner at Sequoia Capital, speaks at a conference in San Francisco last year.

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Doug Leone, a partner at Sequoia Capital, speaks at a conference in San Francisco last year.

Sequoia’s Leone Talks Hits, Misses and What’s Next on Sand Hill Road

Even for legendary Silicon Valley firm Sequoia Capital, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, venture investing is a guessing game. It requires traversing the globe to meet scores of entrepreneurs working on wacky projects, and placing bets on...

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Tech companies ordered an extra-large money pie for acquisitions before the Fourth of July holiday.

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Tech companies ordered an extra-large money pie for acquisitions before the Fourth of July holiday.

Monday Is Money Day With More Than $6 Billion in Acquisitions

Before the holiday, technology companies are going on spending sprees, and we don’t mean for barbecue supplies. At least half a dozen noteworthy acquisitions, altogether worth more than $6.1 billion, were announced today as the short Fourth of July week kicks...

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Chief Executive Officer George Bell refocused Jumptap on targeted mobile advertising instead of mobile search products.

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Chief Executive Officer George Bell refocused Jumptap on targeted mobile advertising instead of mobile search products.

Mobile Ad Network Jumptap Raises $27.5 Million, Looks Ahead to IPO

Jumptap, a mobile advertising network that competes with Google and Millennial Media, said today it raised $27.5 million, which will be used to improve its products and technology ahead of an initial public offering. It’s the seventh round of funding...

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Practice Fusion's mission is to get rid of paper charts, spreadsheets and schedules by providing a free and easy-to-use digital storage system.

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Practice Fusion's mission is to get rid of paper charts, spreadsheets and schedules by providing a free and easy-to-use digital storage system.

Startups Bring Capital, Innovation to Online Health Services

The Internet has made it drop-dead simple to book travel, search for restaurants and find a movie date. But when it comes to health services, the web is still in the Dark Ages. Medical records are stashed in disparate file cabinets and consumers...

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Intuit CEO Brad Smith speaks during a Bloomberg West TV interview in San Francisco last year.

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Intuit CEO Brad Smith speaks during a Bloomberg West TV interview in San Francisco last year.

Intuit Putting a New Stamp on Mint

(This blog post was updated to include more details about Intuit’s online banking software.) Intuit Chief Executive Officer Brad Smith likes to talk about his company’s need to keep pace with industry shifts, especially when it comes to acquisitions. That’s...

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