Fundings & Exits – TechCrunch
Japanese pawn shop app Cash acquired for $62.2M by DMM

 DMM, one of Japan’s largest Internet and e-commerce conglomerates, announced today that it will pay 7 billion yen (about $62.2 million) for pawn shop app Cash. Launched this summer, Cash’s software automatically appraises an item’s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance using it as collateral. Read More. . . read more

Amazon – TechCrunch
How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations

 The Kindle has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of specialty electronics in the world since it launched 10 years ago, but the device has changed so much since its debut that one can hardly believe the oldest and newest models are meant to do the same thing. Amazon’s Chris Green talked with me for a retrospective of the design choices that have defined and redefined the device. Read More. . . read more

Groupon – TechCrunch
Groupon adds ad exec Steve Krenzer as new COO, sold assets to Grubhub for $20M

 Groupon, the local deals platform, reported Q3 earnings today that provided more details on how it is restructuring its business; and it also took the moment to announce that it has finally appointed a new COO, a role that has been vacant for the last two years. Steve Krenzer, who had been the CEO of direct-ad specialist Core Digital Media, is taking on the role, the first time Groupon has had… Read More. . . read more

Microsoft – TechCrunch
The battle for control of data could be just starting

 Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses are beginning to understand the value of controlling their data instead of simply handing it over to the world’s largest technology companies. The battle to regain control over that data could be starting in earnest. I saw a couple… Read More. . . read more