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* Facebook bought up Push Pop Press, a small iPad book designer, raising questions over whether the social networking champ plans to enter the e-book business. “Although Facebook isn’t planning to start publishing digital books, the ideas and technology behind Push Pop Press will be integrated with Facebook, giving people even richer ways to share their stories,” wrote Push Pop Press’s co-founders on their Web site. (Business Insider and Push Pop Press)
* Airbnb host and victim “EJ” reflects on the last several weeks after the story of her trashed and robbed home went viral. “While Mr. [Brian] Chesky’s public apology to me is clearly a heartfelt one and certainly appreciated, and while I applaud the steps that Airbnb is taking to fulfill its commitment to safety and security, the reality for me is that the hardship continues,” she wrote. “As will, no doubt, the nasty comments and unwarranted name-calling that have been thrown in my face.”
* Digital textbook startup
raised $17 million in a new round of funding that will go towards staff hires and office expansion. Founded by former Apple employee Matt Macinnis, Inkling’s iPad-compatible platform allows publishers like McGraw Hill to serve up textbooks with multimedia elements like 3-D models and audio clips. (Inkling)
* Angel investor and Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon on what the
New York City startup scene
needs (and apparently doesn’t). (cdixon)
* A look at Silicon Valley inventor and OnLive founder Steve Perlman’s latest venture: a new type of wireless tech 1,000 times faster than current cell networks. (BusinessWeek)
* Ning is reportedly being shopped around for $150 million. The social media company recently pivoted from consumers to corporate customers, and in doing so, also switched from a mostly free ad-supported model to an all-paid premium one. (All Things D)
* Growing music startup Turntable.fm finally settled on Fred Wilson’s Union Square Ventures as an investor. Business Insider had previously reported that Turntable.fm is raising a $7.5 million round of funding at $37.5 million valuation. (BetaBeat)
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