Ben Affleck accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association. Jennifer Garner poured the icy cold water on Affleck after he said he was tagged by Tyler Perry. Affleck asked Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Damon and Garner to take the challenge because he knows first hand that they all look good in a wet t-shirt.
Rethink has raised $10 million in Series C funding led by Beringea and Arboretum Ventures. Rethink provides online care management tools for children that have autism and other behavioral health disorders. Michael Gross, managing director at Beringea, and Paul McCreadie, managing director at Arboretum Ventures are joining Rethink’s board of directors.
Medallia has raised $50 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, which has created software to help corporations track and manage customer experiences. Sequoia Capital was the sole institutional investor in Medallia in this round. Sequoia has invested $105 million over three rounds. The valuation for Medallia was not disclosed, but we know it is up almost five times since the first round of funding in 2012.
Flappy Birds creator Dong Nguyen is working on a sequel to the popular game called Swing Copters. Nguyen was reportedly making $55,000 per day from Flappy Birds, but he took the game down because people were getting too addicted to the game, which ended up causing parents to neglect their kids and people to lose their jobs. The followup to Flappy Birds is expected to arrive on Thursday. The game will be free with ads or paid without ads.
Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to do the Ice Bucket challenge, which benefits the ALS association. As part of the Ice Bucket campaign, Iger nominated three other people to accept the challenge also — Peter Quill (from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” played by Chris Pratt), Tony Stark (from “Iron Man” played by Robert Downey Jr.), and Olivia Pope (from “Scandal” played by Kerry Washington). All three of them accepted the challenge. Here are their videos below:
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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are reportedly partnering on an ultra-low-cost Windows laptop computer called the HP Stream 14, which is a 14-inch Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and an SD card slot. Microsoft will provide 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years with the purchase of the Stream 14, which is a similar offer that Google is offering for 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase. It is unknown when the Stream 14 will be released.
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has acquired Israel-based advertising startup ClarityRay. Here is a statement that Yahoo! sent out about the deal: