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Pluck Lands $7 Million, Totals $17 million
Pluck , the Austin, Texas-based RSS and publisher services company, has raised $7 million from Reuters, along with return backers Austin Ventures and Mayfield. That takes Pluck's VC funding to $17 million in total since the company formed in 2003.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Hearst Corporation Lead $30M Series C Financing for Fast Growing Free Directory Assistance Provider Jingle Networks
Jingle Networks, operator of the 1-800-FREE411 directory assistance service, announced today it has raised $30 million of Series C financing led by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Hearst Corporation.

Yahoo inks ad deal with 7 newspaper groups
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Internet media company Yahoo said on Monday it has agreed to have at least seven newspaper groups use its technology to sell advertising on their Internet sites.Advertisers who list jobs in any of the partner newspapers will also be able to post them on Yahoo's ( Charts ) HotJobs site. Terms were not disclosed.

Google on way to being No. 1 Web site: Citigroup
Google Inc.'s audience is growing so fast the Internet search giant's collection of Web sites are likely to supplant rival Yahoo as the world's most popular in about a year, Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney wrote Thursday in a note to investors.

Hakia Raises $11 Million
Hakia said it has raised $11 million in its first phase of funding from a panoply of investors scattered across the globe who were attracted by the company's semantic search technology, which the upstart aims to make superior to Google's search engine.

Wikipedia blocked again in China
BEIJING, China (AP) -- The easing of a ban on the popular online encyclopedia in China was short-lived.Barely a week after Wikipedia viewers were able to access the Web site -- after a year-long ban -- they reported Friday that it was blocked again in several parts of China.

Bix.com Acquired by Yahoo!
Online karaoke and contest site Bix has signed an agreement to be acquired by Yahoo! Bix CEO Mike Speiser will continue running Bix but will also take on responsibility for product management for Yahoo! Groups, 360, and Photos under the title VP of Community.

Monitor110 Raises additional $11m, totals $20M
Monitior110 , the pre-launch web monitoring service for hedge fund traders Techcrunch wrote about in September , will announce on Monday that it has closed a Series C round of financing with $11 million from new and existing investors. The company, which will begin offering its product for general subscription early next year after three years of development, has now raised a total of $20 million.

Is Zillow really accurate?
Just like what we expressed as an early opinion weeks ago that Zillow is popular site but yet not truly accurate seems to have other supporters in this respect... Zillow.com, the fast growing (at least in popularity) real estate appraisal mash-up service based in Seattle

Sermo - Social Network for Doctors Gets Funded
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Sermo, which was founded early this year and launched at the start of October, is being labeled “ MySpace for Physicians “. Now the site has been funded, receiving $3M in a first round led by Longworth Venture Partners. You need to be a physician to gain access (they'll eventually launch non-physician accounts), so a full-review is off the cards, but I think the idea is an interesting one.

Universal Music Sues MySpace
Back in September, Universal Music chief Doug Morris said that YouTube and MySpace are "copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars". Now the Wall Street Journal reports that they've carried out their threat of legal action, filing a suit today that alleges MySpace “knowingly and intentionally” violated copyright law with regard to Universals' music and videos.

Is YouTube really Web 2.0?
It seems that YouTube is a "cool" poster-child of the Web 2.0 trend, but doesn't meet the basic requirement of allowing the user to download videos from the site.

TopTenSources Lands an Investor
TopTenSources Raises $3.5 Million and Acquires Blogniscient according to Techcrunch.Top10Media, parent company to Massachusetts based TopTenSources , a human edited blog aggregator, has raised $3.5 million in a venture round led by Highland Capital (see our previous coverage of TopTenSources here ).

IBM goes against Amazon in patent infringement battle
IBM goes against Amazon in patent infringement battle Key aspects of Amazon.com Inc.'s retailing Web site are improperly built on technologies developed at IBM Corp., Big Blue alleged Monday in two lawsuits against Amazon.

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