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Israeli mobile gallery app Flayvr picks up $2 mln

Flayvr said Wednesday that it has closed $2 million in funding. The investors included Kaedan Capital, Aviv Venture Capital, iAngels and former Microsoft corporate VP Moshe Lichtman. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for personnel hiring and expansion in the U.S. Based in Tel Aviv, Flayvr is a mobile gallery app.

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Vulcan Capital invests $40 mln in Scytl

Vulcan Capital has invested $40 million in Scytl, which provides secure online voting and election modernization. Vulcan, the investment management firm that oversees Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s portfolio. The investment in Scytl was made from Vulcan’s growth equity fund. Abhishek Agrawal, who heads growth equity investments for Vulcan, will join Scytl’s board.

Elvis Costello at Apple by Stephen Lam of Reuters

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Microsoft execs who could succeed CEO Steve Ballmer

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Ex-Microsoft Windows Chief Sinofsky Joins Andreessen Horowitz

Steven Sinofsky, the hard-charging former Microsoft Corp executive, has joined the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a part-time “board partner,” representing the firm on certain boards of companies it invests in, Reuters reported.

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