Social marketing software provider Spredfast announced Tuesday that it raised $18 million in venture capital in a round led by OpenView Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Austin Ventures and InterWest Partners.
Location has increasingly become a key tenant of Facebook, especially as the site grows on mobile. Users love to check in to cool places and take photos, giving Facebook some context as to what a person is doing. Robert Scoble, the startup liaison officer at Rackspace and social media expert, sat down recently with Facebook Director of Engineering Mike Shaver to talk about how important location is to the site, as well as how the company will adapt with emerging technology.
Facebook and seven other companies filed an amicus brief with the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Friday, contending that patents should not be awarded simply for combining abstract ideas with phrases such as “on a computer” or “over the Internet.”
The Open Compute Foundation welcomed a new chief operating officer: Cole Crawford, who has been involved in the open-source sector since 1992, holding positions at OpenStack and Nebula, as well as advising the Linux Foundation.
Looking for ways to make money through your Facebook presence? Maybe you’ve only dipped your toe into the water, but want to see how Facebook can help your business? You might want to check out the AllFacebook Marketing Conference, coming to San Francisco this Thursday and Friday. AllFacebook has brought together some of the world’s experts in social marketing for this two-day symposium, and passes are still available.
Facebook page-creation vendor Lujure announced the launch of its new system to create and customize Facebook pages and tabs, adding that it has received $500,000 in funding from angel investors including Rackspace and TechStars.