W3C (the Worldwide Web Consortium) has announced a plan to “recommend” (see: declare as ready) the HTML5 spec. Further updates (5.1 and onward) are expected to be given the okay every two years after that.
Microsoft refuses to accept that its now two-year-old Socl social network was dead upon arrival in 2011 and today announced (technically) native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The apps are appear to be little more than native wrappers for the mobile Web product and offer no new functionality or performance benefits. [Source: iMore]
Small data analytics startup DataHerohas raised $3.15 million in a Series A round led by Foundry Group. The round brings the year-and-a-half-old company’s total funding to $4.15 million. [Source: DataHero]
Plug.DJ has raised $1.25 million in seed funding led by Javelin Venture Partners. The company, which relies on pre-licensed music libraries from Soundcloud and YouTube, claims to have ‘several million’ users across approximately 190 countries with session times petween five to ten hours per week. [Source: TechCrunch]
Lexington, Mass.-based utility SaaS analytics company, FirstFuel Software, has raised $8.5 million in a Series B round led by German utility, EON SE, with participation from existing investors Battery Ventures, Rockport Capital, and Nth Power. [Source: Bloomberg]
PaeDae, a mobile rewards and advertising startup, has raised an $11.6 million funding round raised through a mix of debt and equity. TechCrunch guesses that the round was raised in this way so the company, which claims to have already received multiple acquisition offers, can still sell itself if needed.
Simulmedia, a company meant to “fix TV advertising,” has raised a $25 million funding round led by R&R Ventures and Valiant Capital. The company intends to use the funding to create a platform through which advertisers can gather audience data about television watchers.
According to a study by the VU Medial Centre in Amsterdam, 57% of the 80% of doctors who use smartphones don’t wash their hands between touching their device and touching a patient. The study also found that between 42% and 95% of the smartphones tested had hospital-acquired bacteria. [Source: Recombu via Betabeat]
Many of us prefer to wake up to upbeat music instead of the awful clanging din of an alarm clock. Now, Pandora has added an alarm feature to its iOS app that turns on one of your favorite stations at a given time. [Source: Verge]
Daily deals platform Groupon has acquired a social gifts company called Boomerang. Groupon plans to shut down Boomerang by the end of the year and integrate it into its existing “Freebies” service. [Source: The Next Web]
The Google Glass blog “Glass Almanac” showed a picture of Google Glass to 400 participants and found that only 4 in 10 could identify it. Betabeat notes that Google found a similar result last August when it asked 1,000 people to identify Google Glass and only 40.1% could. [Source: Glass Almanac via Betabeat]