A quick rundown of stories catching our attention this morning …
Jason Goldberg’s Fab.com, the New York-based daily deal site led by the former Jobster CEO, is reportedly raising a $40 million to $50 million round at a post money valuation of some $250 million, reports TechCrunch. Menlo Ventures and First Round Capital are apparently backing the venture, along with a new “top tier investor.”
MicroVision, the maker of visual display technologies and Pico projectors, said that it has raised $9.7 million through a public offering of stock. The Redmond company has been facing a cash crunch, and it plans to use the new money for general corporate purposes.
Optify said today that it has released new features for landing pages and social sharing, allowing companies to track return on investment through optimized landing pages hosted by the Seattle company.
Insitu has partnered with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company foor support of the company’s unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. ”As we collaborate on approaches to grow into the Middle East market, we will explore solutions for next-generation, unmanned ISR systems and support in the international marketplace,” said Insitu President and CEO Steve Morrow said in a statement.
Living Social has begun testing a new service in Washington D.C. called Room Service, which Tricia Duryee at All Things D notes ”delivers high-end meals to your door — complete with dishes, candles and cloth napkins.”
Online real estate companies Trulia and Zillow have launched apps for the Kindle Fire, Amazon.com’s new $199 tablet computer. Zillow notes in a blog post that it is offering the “only map-based real estate app on the platform.”
Intelius, the Bellevue company known for online background checks, has released a new feature called TrueRep Remarks that allows people to better manage what is being said about them online. “This feature enables individuals to be represented more completely and allows purchasers of our reports to get not only the information contained in the public records, but also any comments the subject of the report wishes to make about that information,” said Prakash Kondepudi, Senior Vice President for Consumer Services Business at Intelius.
Dan Patton, a former Amazon Web Services employee, has joined CenturyLink’s Savvis unit as vice president. He will be based in Seattle, and oversee efforts in enterprise cloud, managed hosting and colocation.
Market Leader’s online marketing software for real estate agents has surpassed 100,000 users, with Chief Marketing Officer Sarah Daniels noting that the company’s business is accelerating. “We are thrilled to be partnering with so many real estate professionals to help drive their future success,” she said.
Zinio’s new reader app has arrived on the Kindle Fire, bringing more than 5,000 magazine titles to the new tablet computer.
ReliOn CEO Gary Flood has been appointed to the board of Innovate Washington, an initiative by Gov. Chris Gregoire to bolster the economy through innovation. ReliOn is a Spokane maker of fuel cell for back-up power systems.
Headline of the day via TechCrunch: Steve Case: It’s Crazy You Have To Be An Accredited Investor, But Don’t Have To Be An “Accredited Gambler”