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Google Ventures and PROFounders back Echoecho

Mobile application developer Echoecho will embark on further product development, hiring and scaling operations after securing $750,000 (£470,000) in seed funding.

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Mark Pearson ‘actively investing’

The founder of online discount business MyVoucherCodes, Mark Pearson, has upped his angel investing activities.

Envestors closes £1 million fundraising for Olly

Business angel network Envestors has closed a £1 million fundraising for Olly Limited, the company that produces animated children's TV series Olly the Little White Van.

Lyceum Capital's Compact acquires Rights.tv

Compact Media Group, an independent entertainment rights administrator, has acquired rights consultancy Rights.tv for an undisclosed amount in a deal backed by private equity investors Lyceum Capital.

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A new lesson in IP

Google’s multibillion-dollar buy of Motorola Mobility should teach all businesses a valuable lesson – know the value of your intellectual property.

US and Asian expansion for angel-backed Decibel

Decibel Music Systems, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence to create music computer applications, has secured a second round of financing as the business ramps up product development and pursues overseas sales.

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Ingenious positioning to sell festival stakes

Entertainment-focused VCT manager Ingenious Ventures is positioning to exit some of its music festival investments before the end of the year.

Webpromoter360 secures Tom Maxfield and £72,000

Serial entrepreneur Tom Maxfield has joined start-up search engine optimisation software business Webpromoter360 as the company secures a £72,000 investment from Northstar Ventures.

Passion Capital backs wireWAX

Early-stage investment fund Passion Capital has backed software-as-a-service business wireWAX, which enables people to tag video online, with a growth capital investment.

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Photo sharing app EyeEm closes seed round

EyeEm, a smartphone camera and photo sharing application, has closed a seed round backed by London-based Passion Capital and pan-European investors Wellington Partners.

Private copying legalised as part of wider IP reforms

Legalising the copying of music and media from a CD to a digital device is one of a raft of reforms announced today by the government that are designed to modernise copyright and intellectual property laws.

QR codes can add a personal touch

The benefits of QR codes

A little barcode on your promotional material or even business card can work wonders for marketing.

Fears VC in technology sector ‘land grab’

A growing sense of optimism in technology investing across the US and Europe may be leading investors to ‘drop all notion of capital efficiency in exchange for sheer land grab’, warns venture capital firm Go4Venture.

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