Future dating: 23andme and Illumina

Future dating: 23andme and Illumina
Here is a new algorithm parameter for eHarmony - use genomes for matching! 23andme, the secret personal genomics company founded by Google founder Sergey Brin’s wife, Anne Wojcicki, is partnering with Illumina a company that does gene typing for clients and puts it on their web page so people can map their own genomes. Illumina CEO Jay Flatley carries around his gene code on his iphone! From Venture Beat.


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Facebook fundraising

Over at All Things Digital, Kara Swisher says that she has credible information that Facebook is getting ready to open another investment round “at a huge valuation.” Last year, Yahoo offered $1 billion and was turned down by Zuckerberg, not to mention the rumored Microsoft deal for $6 billion. The last round Facebook did raised $25 million at a $525M pre-money. This time, look for a valuation in the billions, sources say.


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Apple’s stock loses traction after iPhone price cuts

Steve Jobs’ announcement on Wednesday that Apple is cutting the price of their 8 gigabyte iPhone by $200 to $399 immediately angered early adopters that have already purchased the iPod/phone. News of the price cut and prediction of the backlash hit Wall Street the day before, causing a slide for the company’s stock that continued through today: AAPL is currently down 9% from Tuesday, equating to a market cap loss of $11 billion. In the same announcement, Jobs revealed a new iPod model sharing many UI similarities with the iPhone, including Safari and Wi-fi support.


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Silverlight: Moving web 2.0 to the next level

Silverlight: Moving web 2.0 to the next level

Microsoft has just released its much anticipated Silverlight platform for development of interactive Web applications. Silverlight will enable cross platform apps on Web, PC and mobile devices. Microsoft also announced that it will provide Linux support for Silverlight. Silverlight is expected to be the next big thing after Javascript and Flash.


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