Anthemis Group leads $6.5 mln round for Trov

San Francisco Bay area-based Trov, which helps people organize and protect their possessions, has secured $6.5 million in funding. Anthemis Group led the round. In addition to the funding, Ken Rudin, director of analytics at Facebook and Sean Park, founder of the Anthemis Group, have been named to Trov’s board of directors.


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In Second Opinion, U.S. shopping malls prepare for attacks after jihadist threats, concern mounts as Homeland Security agency shutdown looks likely and a bionic eye implant lets a blind man see his wife for the first time in 10 years.


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First Read closes out the week with arctic chill and news Lyft seeks another $250 mln, Costco plans on ditching AmEx cards in U.S. stores next year and how to get Silicon Valley anti-vaxxers to change their minds (with science, stupid).

ActionSprout picks up $1.7 mln

ActionSprout, which provides tools for nonprofits seeking to use Facebook to reach more people, has raised $1.7 million in funding. Oregon Angel Fund led the round with participation from other investors that included Bellingham Angel Fund and Portland Seed Fund. Also, ActionSprout has named Chris Finley, co-founder of SurveyMonkey, to its board of directors.


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In Second Opinion, a shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina leaves three Muslim students dead, Microsoft confirms acquisition of Sunrise calendar app and how sleeping 6 times a day helped the founder of WordPress build a billion-dollar company. Happy Dreams!


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First Read eases you over the Tuesday doldrums by bringing you news of Facebook offering a free internet app in India, Deloitte breaks the gender barrier among the big four accounting firms by naming a female CEO and beware, your smart TV may be spying on you.


NeuCoin Project raises $2.25 mln

The NeuCoin Project said it raised $2.25 million of funding from angels including Patrik Stymne, co-founder of Candy Crush Saga maker King, Rob Goldman, head of growth at Facebook, Emil Michael, SVP of business at Uber, Henrik Kjellberg, president of Hotwire, according to a press release. The company also unveiled its digital currency, which it hopes will enable micropayments.


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First Read kicks off the mid-week with news Netflix has added 4.3 mln streaming new subscribers worldwide, new Facebook feature flags fake news and song ID app Shazam’s valuation eclipses $1 bln.


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In Second Opinion, SpaceX confirms its raising $1 bln in new funding, Mondelez International plans to introduce red velvet Oreos in February and research finds that Facebook crops up in one-third of all divorce cases. And it’s Penguin Awareness Day.


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First Read delivers you news this morning that Amazon will start making movies for theatrical release, Facebook claims it created 4.5 million jobs in 2014 and a company that assesses credit risk of potential borrowers through data gathered from social media.


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In Second Opinion, the Twitter accounts for the NY Post and UPI were hacked, Leucadia National gives FXCM a $300 mln cash infusion and Mitt Romney has conflict of interests problems with Solamere.

A woman walks next to a car with a tattered Canadian flag, in the parking lot of a Target store in Lindsay, Ontario

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In Second Opinion, it’s a lot easier to travel to Cuba now, Target is leaving Canada, Google will no longer sell its Google Glass eyewear and Xbox One wins the holiday console war.


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First Read reveals to you why Uber and Lyft drivers love this dude’s blog, health reform will succeed because of big data and Facebook brings Amber Alerts to its news feeds.


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First Read ends your week with news about the French police closing in on Charlie Hebdo killing suspects, Box might finally go public this quarter and Boston is now the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Olympics.


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In Second Opinion, Verizon’s CEO says it’s not considering acquiring AOL, smartphone data can be used to diagnose depression, Kickstarter drops Amazon Payments for Stripe and McDonalds in Venezuela have run out of French Fries.

Facebook acquires voice recognition firm-Reuters

Facebook Inc (FB.O) acquired a company that makes voice recognition technology for wearable devices and Internet- connected appliances, the latest sign of its ambition to extend its reach beyond computers and smartphones, Reuters reported.

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