Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Pioneer have announced a partnership. When Pioneer users plug their iPhones into their vehicles, CarPlay will automatically launch and offer access to its app suite.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) sold Google Glass to the public for only one day yesterday. Guess what? It sold out.
Squarespace is a company that offers tools for small businesses and individuals to quickly build websites and online stores. The company has raised $40 million in Series B funding entirely from General Atlantic. General Atlantic managing director Anton Levy is joining the Squarespace board of directors.
Avvo is a Seattle based startup that has a marketplace for legal advice that has raised $37.5 million in Series D funding led by New York based hedge fund Coatue Management. Benchmark Capital, Ignition Partners and DAG Ventures also participated in this round. This brings Avvo’s total funding to $60.5 million. Avvo now has over 160,000 lawyers from around the U.S. participating in its Q&A fourms and has given an “Avvo rating” to over 97% of lawyers in the country. Avvo will be launching in other countries over the next few months.
Twitter announced today it acquired social data company Gnip for an undisclosed amount. This indicates that Twitter will be getting more into the data packaging industry, which is highly demanded by the government and enterprise. Wall Street was receptive to the deal since Twitter’s shares were up over 11%, which is the biggest gain since Twitter went public in November.
San Francisco based company Automattic is raising venture capital that could value the company at $1 billion or more. Automattic is known for being the parent company of WordPress, an open-source web publishing and blog platform platform. According to Fortune, the funding round is believed to be running at between $100 million and $150 million.
Zebra Technologies is a printer company that is acquiring the Motorola Solutions handheld unit for $3.45 billion. Zebra Technologies is a leader in barcode printing and RTLS technology such as printers, RFID, software and supplies. Zebra and Motorola Solutions have been partners for years so the acquisition seems like a natural fit.