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Too Legit to Quit: Uber Raises $1.2 Billion

Despite nagging questions about its legitimacy and its future, the hot car service/tech startup Uber just raised $1.2 billion.

Google Welcomes Nest Home

Google is spending $3.2 billion to buy Nest, the hardware for the home technology startup. The acquisition is Google’s second-most expensive purchase after its 2012 deal to buy Motorola for $12.5 billion. Nest was founded in 2010, and develops smart thermostats and smoke detectors in a growing category of connected devices.

Google Ventures Leads $1.875 Million Funding Round in Native Mobile Ad Startup

A lot of investor money has flowed to mobile ad startups, but much has been siphoned toward companies working on how to better target mobile ads or build ties between mobile and desktop users. Instead of focusing on how ads get distributed and to whom, Namo Media (short for “native mobile”) aims to fix where they get distributed and what they look like.

Social TV Startup Miso Raises Funding

Social TV websites and apps may still be in their early, experimental phase, but they're already drawing decent-sized venture rounds. Miso, a startup that already had the backing of Google Ventures and Hearst Interactive Media, just announced that it has raised $4 million in new funding.