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In Second Opinion, Amazon posts a larger Q2 loss, Barry Silbert is stepping down as SecondMarket CEO and even Comic-Con bans Google Glass. Plus Kristen Bell, as Mary Poppins, sings for a wage increase.

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Pinterest racks up $200 mln at $5 bln valuation

Virtual scrapbook site Pinterest has raised $200 million in Series F financing at a valuation of $5 billion, a spokesperson from the company confirmed. Previous backers SV Angel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital and Valiant Capital Partners participated in the round.  Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann said in a statement: “Pinterest has a vision of solving discovery and helping everyone find things they’ll love. This new investment gives us additional resources to realize our vision.”

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peHUB First Read

To shut down your week, First Read has news that more companies are citing climate change as a significant risk to operations, a Japanese man was arrested for allegedly 3-D printing guns capable of firing and a pro-business regime looks to be headed to victory in India.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, RadiumOne’s abusive CEO needs to go, the bankruptcy filing from Energy Future Holdings could come as early as Monday evening, Amazon’s new smartphone will have a unique wireless data plan and Netflix is coming to cable.

Piqora closes Series A

Piqora, a marketing and analytics business for visual social networks Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, among others, has closed a Series A investment of $7.7 million led by DFJ. Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures also participated, bringing total financing to over $11 million to date.

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What Does Yahoo’s Tumblr Deal Mean for Pinterest?

Since Yahoo announced it was acquiring Tumblr, venture capitalists have probably pondered how the deal impacts the value of their stakes in still-private social networks like Pinterest. The early consensus is that it’s good news, indeed.

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Venture Investing At Slowest Pace In Two Years

Venture capitalists began 2013 by pouring money into startups at the slowest pace in two years, suggesting a reset for an industry where dollars coming into new funds has trailed portfolio company investments for six years.

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Venture Investing Remains Soft In First Quarter

The first quarter won’t close till Sunday, but an early look at the period finds the soft venture-investment environment continued. Venture capitalists in the United States put $6.2 billion to work in the quarter fueling 707 deals, according to a tally by PitchBook

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This morning find out more about the rise and rise of the angels; KKR’s interest in Geon and meet 14 new Rock Health start-ups.

Reuters – Pinterest Seeks Funding at $2bn Valuation

Online scrapbook Pinterest is trying to raise a new round of funding that would give it a valuation of between $2 billion to $2.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, writes Reuters. The company declined to comment on any fundraising efforts. Reuters – Online scrapbook Pinterest is trying to raise a new round of funding […]

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Catch up on the latest news after the weekend with this morning’s First Read which reveals who will survive the biotech VC downturn, the latest in Asian private equity news and who has raised the largest ever seed round in Y Combinator history.

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Tuesday Morning’s Post-Memorial Day Hangover edition of First Read includes the Choom-POTUS party guide, how to hype a tech scene, and Pinterest’s new friends.

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