Thumbtack is a startup that connects customers with local services. It has raised $100 million in a new round of funding led by Google Capital with investment from previous backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Thumbtack has now raised $150 million in total. The funding will be used to increase its engineering team.
OnBeep is a communications startup that was launched by Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht. The company has raised $6.25 million in funding. OnBeep’s device is like a badge that connects to your phone through Bluetooth and focuses on real-time group communication. The device has a clip, a mic, a speaker, and a volume button.
Former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the board of directors at the company. Last year, Ballmer said that he was going to retire after a replacement was decided. The board ended up selecting Satya Nadella in February, but Ballmer kept a seat on the board. Ballmer said that he is leaving the board to focus on other activities. For example, he now owns the L.A. Clippers basketball team. He will also teach a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ballmer owns more shares at Microsoft than anyone else, but he will no longer have a say in company decisions. Here is the letter that Ballmer sent to the the newly appointed CEO:
Frank Underwood, the main character of Netflix’s House of Cards played by Kevin Spacey, has prank called Hillary Clinton with an impersonation of her husband Bill. The video is in celebration of Bill Clinton’s 68th birthday. Spacey attempted to find out what Hillary is getting for her husband, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Kids dump 5 ice buckets over my head for ALS & they nominate Notch, Johnny Depp and Tony Hawk! http://t.co/9RPWKG5BOl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2014
Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge. His five boys were in the video: Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, and Kai. The boys had a great laugh pouring the icy cold water on his head. He accepted the challenge from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Musk passed the challenge over to Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk, and Minecraft creator Notch.
AppNexus, an advertising technology company, has raised $60 million in funding, hitting a total of $200 million in funding. This round of funding values AppNexus at $1.2 billion. AppNexus may raise an additional $40 million in funding. The company did not necessarily need the funding because it raised $75 million in January 2013. This round of funding buys AppNexus some times from going public. AppNexus is in no rush to go public, but it may happen next year.
The iPhone 6 is expected to come with a battery that is larger than the one inside the iPhone 5s, according to a leaked photo. The photo shows a battery with an 1,810 mAh capacity, which is larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s.