Mavenlink, an Irvine, CA-bases SaaS project management and accounting startup, has raised $7 million from Carrick Capital Partners. Mavenlink claims to have added more than 500,000 subscribers in the last year and now holds the No. 1 ranking on the Google enterprise apps marketplace. [Source: Mavenlink]
Mobile parking payments company QuickPay has raised $5.5 million from Fontinalis Partners, Ecomobilite Ventures, and IncWell. Fontinalis was co-founded by Ford Motor Corp Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr. [Source: QuickPay]
British secure email provider PrivateSky was shut down by its owner at the beginning of the year to avoid granting the GCHQ, the UK equivalent to the CIA, access to the service. The actions mirror similar actions taken by the US’s Lavabit and SilentCircle services in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. [Source: IBTimes]
Those who thought Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was a dark horse for the now vacant Microsoft CEO job will have to think again. Today, Qualcomm named Mollenkopf as its next CEO. The appointment will go into effect on March 4, when Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm’s the current CEO and the son of its founder, will step down – he will retain the executive chairman position. [Source: Qualcomm]
One of The Pirate Bay’s founders, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in Denmark and being denied access to books or telephone privileges. He was arrested without a warrant and faces faces hacking charges in Denmark. [Source: TorrentFreak]
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham tweeted details of the accelerator’s performance yesterday, revealing the number of companies per year and the percentage of total participant companies per year that have exited for or been valued at $40 million or more. In total 42 companies have reached the milestone, with the 2012 classes’ nine such companies being the most. The 14 percent success rate of the 2009 classes was the highest of all years. [Source: Mattermark]
Former Google corporate attorney Michelle Lee has been named the deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The former deputy director was IBM’s David Kappos, who stepped down from the position in February. The hopes are that Lee will bring a progressive Silicon Valley mentality to the office and reduce bad patents while improving efficiency – the USPTO has a backlog of 590,070 unexamined patents. [Source: Reuters]
Windows users curious about bitcoin are cautioned not to download an app called “Bitcoin Alarm” which has been found to contain malware. The app purports to send users bitcoin price alerts by SMS, but security researchers have concluded that it has the potential to steal the virtual currency. [Source: PCWorld]
AngelHacks has announced that its founder, Gregory Gopman, stepped down from the company and has had no operational role since October of this year. The announcement comes in the wake of a outraged response to Gopman’s highly insensitive Facebook post about the marginalized members of San Francisco’s society. AngelHack adds that Gopman’s opinions don’t reflect those of the organization. [Source: AngelHack]
Amazon is developing a Costco-competitive Pantry service through which Amazon Prime customers will be able to purchase bulk goods for a low price, USA Today reports. The service is expected to debut in 2014 with Billy Hegeman, a “senior manager in vendor management and consumables” at the company, leading the charge.
Shortly after changing its blocking policy to allow “blocked” users to see their blocker’s tweets and profile, Twitter has reverted back to an old policy that hides a user’s tweets from people they have blocked.
Google is considering the development of its own server processors, according to a Bloomberg report. The move, which is said to be in the early stages and might never come to fruition, might allow the company to better integrate its hardware and software.
6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based startup behind the popular Wunderlist to-do app, has acquired the technologies powering the Moped chat service. Gigaom reports that this is simply a technology acquisition; Moped itself has not been acquired.