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In Second Opinion, U.S. stocks surge on news of the Greece deal, authors and booksellers accuse Amazon of antitrust violations, demanding a U.S. probe and Grammy Award-winning rapper 50 Cent files for bankruptcy.

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First Read ushers in your morning with news that Hewlett-Packard formally files plan to split up, PayPal said it will acquire Xoom for $890 million and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs to get $3.4 million raises despite White House objections. Have a happy July 4th!


Currency Cloud snaps up $18 mln Series C

Payments platform Currency Cloud has secured $18 million in Series C funding. Sapphire Ventures led the round with participation from Rakuten, Anthemis, Atlas Ventures, Notion Capital and XAnge Private Equity. In addition to the funding, Andreas Weiskam of Sapphire Ventures has been added to Currency Cloud’s board of directors.


WePay grabs $40 mln Series D

WePay, a payments provider for online platforms, has raised $40 million in Series D funding. FTV Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Rakuten, Highland Capital Partners, August Capital, Continental Investors and Ignition Partners. In addition to the funding, FTV Capital’s Chris Winship has been added to WePay’s board of directors while Rakuten’s Oskar Miel has bee appointed to WePay’s advisory board.

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First Read ushers in your morning with news Nokia is in talks to acquire rival Alcatel-Lucent, top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes and visa applications from highly skilled tech and science workers in U.S. hit record high.


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First Read starts your morning with news of Rakuten buying ebook and audiobook platform OverDrive for $410 million, Target says it will pay $10 million in damages to 2013 data breach victims and flagship Toys ‘R’ Us store in Times Square is closing.


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First Read starts your morning with news of Pinterest raising $367 million in funding at a $11 billion valuation, Apple plans on launching its web TV service in the fall and at the Ellen Pao trial, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker says the firm doesn’t discriminate.


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First Read ushers in your morning with news of Alibaba investing $200 million in Snapchat, Lyft raises $530 million in Series E funding led by Rakuten and the world’s best airport is Singapore’s Changi Airport, according to the 2015 World Airport Awards.


Bitnet scores $14.5 mln Series A

Bitnet Technologies, a digital commerce platform provider for bitcoin payments, has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding. Highland Capital Partners led the round. Other investors included Rakuten, Webb Investment Network, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Stephens Investment Management, Commerce Ventures and Buchanan Capital Management. In addition to the funding, Peter Bell, a partner at Highland Capital Partners, has been added to Bitnet’s board of directors.

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This Tuesday morning read all about Indiana and Iowa private equity fund performance, Harvard receiving its largest donation in history and a new dawn for first time funds.

Reuters – US Start-Up Pinterest Inks $100m

Online bulletin board Pinterest has raised $100 million in a financing round that values the US start-up at $1.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal said, writes Reuters. The funding is led by Japanese e-commerce site Rakuten, with existing investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners also participating, writes Reuters. Reuters – […]

AHAlife Raises $10.1M From Rakuten, DCM, FirstMark said it raised $10.1 million in Series B funding in a deal led by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. Existing investors DCM and FirstMark Capital also participated. The company, which operates an e-commerce site for luxury goods, has now raised a total of $19.1 million. PRESS RELEASE Raises $10.1m Series B Round From Japan-based […]

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