Salesforce.com has acquired Clipboard, a website that is similar to Pinterest. Clipboard’s founders said that they will be shutting down the website on June 30th. Existing users will be able to download their data into a personal archive that lets you view your clips and boards offline.
Digg is preparing to launch their new RSS reading service next month. Digg parent company, Betaworks, decided to build an RSS reader when Google announced that they are shutting down Google Reader in March. Betaworks acquired Instapaper late last month and they believe this service will complement Digg Reader.
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Based in New York, Betaworks is an incubator and investor that is known for acquiring Digg.com and revamping it. Earlier this week, Betaworks acquired Instapaper, an app to save websites for reading later. Betaworks founder and CEO John Borthwick said that this acquisition clarifies the role of Betaworks as operating multiple products rather than an incubation space for new ideas to spin out, according to TechCrunch.
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SocialFlow is a social marketing optimization company that has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The company helps brands determine when and which messages to post on Facebook and Twitter. This round of funding was led by Fairhaven Capital. The investment included participation from existing investors SoftBank Capital, RRE Ventures, Aol Ventures, and Betaworks. New investors that also participated include kbs+ Ventures and Rand Capital Corporation. SocialFlow will be using the funding to expand their current product lineup and partnership reach.
Airbnb is growing at a rapid pace. Last year, they hit over 10 million total nights booked with over 200,000 active properties listed on their website. They are growing like crazy in London because of the Olympics too. About 20% of the company’s bookings happen through mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android, and mobile web browsers. Airbnb has acquired DailyBooth and brought out on their CEO Brian Pokorny to head up the design and engineering team.
It has been about a week since Betaworks acquired Digg. Now Betaworks is announcing that they will have a brand new version of Digg in less than 2 weeks from the gronud up. The Digg team is 10 people and they will be working day and night on the new project.
Social news aggregation website Digg.com was founded by Kevin Rose. Yesterday it was announced that Digg would be selling their assets some of their core assets to Betaworks. Rose said that he sold some company shares during some of the venture capital rounds, but did not make a lot of money. However Rose remains optimistic with the new parent company of Digg.com
Today the media has been going crazy because they believed that Digg sold for $500,000, which is a lot lesser than the $200 million acquisition negotiation that was happening back in 2008. The company that acquired Digg was Betaworks, which is known as the company that Bitly spun out from.