Just a couple of days ago I wrote about SMSGupShup, a micro-blogging application that was developed for the Indian market. Techcrunch is reporting that the company has secured additional funding:
Webaroo Raises A $10 Million Round For SMSGupShup
webarooWebaroo Technology has raised a $10 million round of funding for their product SMSGupShup, an SMS-based community site in India, according to Plugged.in. The round, the third for the company, was co-led by Helion Venture Partners and Charles River Ventures.
Michael Arrington broke the news yesterday, Performancing – makers of the excellent blog posting add-in for FireFox – has been acquired by PayPerPost. PPP has been very controversial in the blogging world, as it operates a service whereby bloggers get paid by product companies to blog about their respective products. Hired guns, essentially. Many have argued that this amounts to blog spam…others are less kind. As for me, I’m sad that Performancing sold itself to PPP; I can’t imagine they were the only offer around for this toolset. I’ve been using Performancing to post for a while now, having switched from BlogJet (which is excellent too, but not as ‘in-line’ as Performancing is), but I may consider leaving it as my blogging tool of choice given these turn of events.
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They will be announcing the acquisition of blogging tools and services company Performancing
UPDATE: It looks like I, and others, may have come to the wrong conclusion on the PPP acquisition of Performancing. As Matt states, PPP is buying some of the assets of Performancing. This deal does not involve the Firefox add-in. That’s great news. I guess all’s well on the blogosphere this evening.
It goes without saying that I believe WordPress is the best blogging application available today. This week Automattic, the company founded by Matthew Mullenweg – developer of WordPress, annouced it had received “a little funding“. That’s great news for all WordPress fans, especially those who use Automattic’s WordPress.com. Like most open source applications, not all of the credit for WordPress can go to Matt, however like most successful open source applications, Matt should get some financial rewards for his efforts to build WP into the great piece of software it is today. Automattic has a lot of other great applications on its plate, and this intial funding should help to secure the future of those as well. Congratulations Matt!