The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Twitter is close to raising $100 million at a billion dollar valuation. The $100 million round is significant increase over the $50 million the micro-blogging service planned to raise in its last round. Recent investors include T. Rowe Price and Venture Partners, as well as previous investors Spark Capital and Institutional Venture Partners.
The Guardian News and Media company is reportedly looking to sell PaidContent.org. The popular US-based news outlet, which the Guardian company purchased last year for $30 million, is losing roughly $162,000 a day. While PaidContent is a high quality content provider, it simply cannot produce enough money to be of any value to the Guardian.
Nintendo has cut the price of the Wii for the first time. The popular gaming system will now retail for $199.99, a fifty dollar deduction from its original price of $249.99. The move comes after both Sony and Microsoft slashed prices on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is helping San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom develop DataSF.org. The site will report up-to-date, potentially real-time, info about the city in order for citizens informed on breaking news that may affect them. The new site, which has been applauded by the White House, will also post information on restaurant sanitation grades and crime states, as well as transit delay and road detours, amongst other things.
Research In Motion's quarterly profits fell 3.5%, as the company failed to meet its projected forecast. While RIM, whose BlackBerry is suffering from greater smartphone penetration, enjoyed an increase in revenue, the company only added 3.8 million new phone subscribers, far shorter than what it expected. Research in Motion earned $475.6 million during the quarter, $20 million than during the second fiscal quarter of last year.
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