03/08/12

Acquisitions:

Hong Kong-based Luminous Experiential Marketing Communications, a boutique event agency, and China-based King Harvest, a provider of event and experiential marketing services, were acquired for an undisclosed amount by MSLGroup, the flagship strategic communications network of Publicis Groupe (ENXTPA:PUB). King Harvests and Luminous are the latest in a series of acquisitions in Greater China by Publicis Groupe, including Eastwei Relations, Interactive Communications, Dreams, Genedigi, Wangfan, Gomye, and most recently UBS.

ThinkMedia PARTNERS, a boutique communications firm with clients in a variety of industries, including high technology and financial services, was acquired by Matter Communications, which executes creative, results-driven public relations programs on behalf of clients across the U.S. and Europe. Three employees from ThinkMedia Partners will now work at Matter’s headquarters. ThinkMedia had five employees. Terms were not disclosed.

Facebook has acquired eye tracking service GazeHawk for the team behind the technology. Advertisers and others wanting to optimize their websites can use the technology to see if anything caught the user’s eye. Terms were not disclosed.

MobiPrimo Technologies, a provider of mobile technology solutions including product strategy, design and development, and product hosting, was acquired by PubMatic, a digital media platform company for publishers. The acquisition will make PubMatic the first strategic selling platform to provide native, cross-device support for premium publishers. Terms were not disclosed.

Singapore-based Peekspy, a technology company that produces technology allowing users to view event seating in three dimensions, was acquired by eBay (NasdaqGS:EBAY) subsidiary StubHub, which operates as an online ticket marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets for events. Following the acquisition, Peepsky’s team will move from Singapore to San Francisco. Terms were not disclosed.

Yobongo, a startub that operates mobile chat rooms, was acquired by Mixbook, a provider of online software products for creating and sharing personalized photo books and scrapbooks. The entire Yobongo team will be moving to Mixbook’s office to build a mobile app for the photobook- and calendar-printing service. Terms were not disclosed.

Impressions Media, which operates several community papers associated with Websites and digital media businesses, was acquired by Versa Capital Management. Versa, which is based in Philadelphia, has diverse investments in manufacturing, food service, and media. Terms were not disclosed.

SHPS, one of the country’s largest independent providers of benefits administration, health and wellness services, and collaborative care software, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell SHPS Human Resource Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary, to Automatic Data Processing (NasdaqGS:ADP), a provider of business outsourcing solutions. Terms were not disclosed.

Japan-based Medical Collective Intelligence, an online medical communications agency that provides market research and CRM services, sold a majority stake to Diversified Agency Services, an Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC) subsidiary providing of marketing services that includes brand and trademark licensing, corporate and financial communications, and custom publishing. ITOCHU will remain a shareholder and an important partner to grow and develop the business. Terms were not disclosed.

The Patient’s Guide has acquired ExcessiveSweating.com to add to its extensive list of 2000+ consumer information sites. Joining these top-ranked sites with over one million monthly visitors, The Patient’s Guide aims to make ExcessiveSweating.com the foremost online destination for hyperhidrosis. Terms were not disclosed.

(3/7/12) WellApps, a developer of mobile health app GI Monitor, which helps people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, was acquired by healthcare IT company Medivo. GI Monitor aims to help patients more easily and accurately log symptoms and provide this data to their care providers. Terms were not disclosed.

(3/7/12) Forum Runner, a mobile application that allows forum users to interact with online communities from mobile devices, was acquired by Internet Brands, a media company that operates online media, community, and eCommerce Websites. Forum Runner will operate as part of Internet Brands’ vBulletin software division. Terms were not disclosed.

Investments:

Travel rewards redemption company Switchfly (fka ezRez), raised $15 million in Series C financing led by StarVest Partners with Azure Capital Partners and Canaan Partners participating. This brings the total capital raised by Switchfly to $32 million.

U.K.-based Songkick, which operates a platform that enables users to follow music artists, their live music events, and book tickets, raised $10 million in Series B funding from Sequoia Capital. This is Sequoia’s first investment in a U.K.-headquartered startup. The round brings Songkick’s total funding to $17 million.

Digital couponing startup SavingStar, which launched in April 2011, raised $9 million in Series C financing led by venture capital firm DCM, with contributions from previous investors Flybridge Capital Partners, First Round Capital, and IA Ventures. The funding brings the startup’s total investment to just under $19 million.

NationBuilder, which operates a SaaS Website creation platform for political candidates and organizations, raised $6.25 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from SV Angel and a number of private investors.

Mobile payments startup Clover, raised $5.8 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Sutter Hill Ventures. Clover also announced the release of its SDK for Android, iPhone, and the iPad that will allow developers to integrate Clover into their apps.

Triptrotting, a startup that connects travelers with hosts, raised $1 million in a Series A round of funding. Investors include Google Ventures, Launchpad, and Mark Suster of GRP Partners. Triptrotting has now raised a total of $1.3 million.

Crowdsourced news platform NewsiT.net, raised $0.5 million in seed funding from a number of individual investors.

Other:

Cerberus Capital Management is in talks to acquire a majority stake in the Yellow Pages unit of AT&T (NYSE:T), according to Bloomberg. The deal could value the entire unit at approximately $1.5 billion.

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