Salesforce leads $60 mln strategic funding for InsideSales

InsideSales.com, a provider of a cloud-based sales analytics platform, has raised a $60 million strategic round of funding led by existing investor Salesforce Ventures. Also participating in the funding are Microsoft and existing backers Polaris Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, U.S. Venture Partners and Zetta Venture Partners. The Provo, Utah-based company, which was valued at about $1 billion at its last funding in April 2014, has now raised $203 million in total funding.


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In Second Opinion, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is set to resign amid expense questions, Microsoft will be killing its Internet Explorer browser and Bud Light’s St. Patrick’s Day tweet has users seeing red instead of green.


Unify Square attracts $8.2 mln

Bellevue, Washington-based Unify Square, a solutions provider for Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business, has closed $8.2 million in Series B funding. Among the investors was Microsoft.


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In Second Opinion, Cisco plans on investing $100 million in French startups, Apple orders more than 500 million watches for its initial run and JPMorgan tops list of risky banks, according to a government study.


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In Second Opinion, Expedia plans on buying Orbitz for $1.3 billion, ex-Yahoo CEO says Jon Stewart’s brand is worth $100 million and mazel tov, Amanda Knox is reportedly engaged to a childhood friend.

Bob Simon dead

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First Read kicks off your morning with news of United Airlines accidentally selling first class tickets for as low as $44 and then refuses to honor them, Microsoft reportedly buys digital pen maker N-Trig and veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon dies in a car crash in New York City.


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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.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is seen free of its scaffolding in Washington

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First Read kicks off your MLK Day with news Uber’s CEO wants to create 50,000 jobs in Europe, Microsoft looks to Windows 10 for a jolt in the mobile realm and Seattle and New England gear up for an epic clash on the gridiron.


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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.

VC-backed BlueData adds two to team

Mountain View, Calif.-based big data firm BlueData has hired Jim Lenox as vice president of worldwide sales and Greg Kirchoff as vice president of business development. Previously, Lenox worked at Midokura while Kirchoff worked at Microsoft. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.


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First Read eyes the looming end of 2014 with news Yahoo Directory is about to go dark, Facebook apologizes for insensitivity of its “Year in Review” feature and LPs scramble to get into oversubscribed private equity funds.


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In Second Opinion, Microsoft is building a new browser, why Foursquare failed to reach escape velocity and Chaos Computer Club says it can reproduce your fingerprints from a photo.

African-American Congressional staffers stage walk out with Hands Up Don't Shoot pose on the steps of the House of Representatives in Washington to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

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In Second Opinion, Jeb Bush shares Mitt Romney’s PE problem, Facebook considers adding a “dislike” button, you can now use Bitcoin to add funds to your Microsoft account and Wal-Mart sells the iPhone 6 for $129.


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First Read hunkers down for the #rainmageddon with news Microsoft is set to accept bitcoin payments for digital content, Hilton in talks to buy four hotels from Blackstone and eBay may eliminate thousands of jobs in early 2015.


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First Read ends your week with Starbucks planning on launching a high-end chain, JP Morgan continues its run as a top-ranked investment bank and a court rules that chimpanzees are not people and not entitled to legal rights.

Microsoft buys VC-backed Acompli

Microsoft has acquired San Francisco-based mobile email solutions provider Acompli, the latter confirmed in a blog post on its site. No financial terms were disclosed. Acompli’s backers included Felicis Ventures, Harrison Metal and Redpoint Ventures. To read the announcement, visit here.


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