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  • @Airbnb closes $500M round @ $10B valuation led by TPG, sources say; raised $826M to date; negotiations were reported by @wsj on March 21; has 600k listings across 200 countries; revenues in '13 were about $250M, acc to @WSJ - Link

  • Google Trends launches email subscriptions for topics, Hot Searches, US monthly top chart; users can receive alerts once a wk or mo & choose countries - Link
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  • VCs invested $9.5B in US-based companies last qtr, which was the most since Q2 '01, acc to survey published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, National Venture Capital Association & Reuters; dollar figure represents a 57% increase over Q1 '13; deal number is up 4% YOY; includes @dropbox's $325M round; SV accounted for $4.6B of the funding, following by MA w/$960M & NY w/$754M - Link

  • App search engine Quixey (raised $75M) acqui-hires competing service Kite.io, founded in Feb '13; service will shut down; Kite.io was working on tech that would let users search the web & apps @ the same time - Link
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  • SF employment within 200 hires of an all-time high; unemployment rate dropped to 5.2%;  465.3k residents have jobs in SF (up 4.1k since the beginning of the yr, up 13.2k over the past yr & up 57.6k from '10), acc to @SocketSite - Link
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