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VC Funding for Telent, eBuddy, Jellyfish, MonoSphere and more...

VC Deal Flow

Talent Technology (HR technologies): Canadian $17 million 
Jellyfish.com (comparison shopping search engine): $5 million
eBuddy (Web-based messaging): €5 million
MonoSphere (software to manage storage capacity): $11 million
Sonopia (mobile content delivery): $9 million
Layer 7 Technologies (XML security & networking appliances): $8.9 million
Rec Room (specialty furnishings retailer): $6 million
SourceLabs (open-source software support): $7 million
More VC Insights at: PE Week, VentureBeat

VoIP Equipment Spells Opportunity in the $430 billion Voice Market

Worldwide VoIP equipment revenue will surge at  CAGR of 24.7% to reach $11.9 billion in 2010, from $3.95 billion in 2005, according to the latest iSuppli report on VoIP.

Worldwide VoIP Equipment Revenue

  2005 2010 Growth- CAGR
Residential VoIP Subscribers 15.8 million 151.2 million 57.8%
Residential VoIP Equipment $1.1 billion $4.1 billion 31.1%
PBX/Enterprise VoIP Equipment  $1.8 billion $5.6 billion 25.8%
Service Providers Equipment  $1.0 billion $2.2 billion 14.9%
Total VoIP Equipment  $3.9 billion $11.9 billion 24.7%
Source: iSuppli Corp. October 2006

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U.S. Economic Calendar & Key Economic Indicators - Week of Oct.23

US Economic Indicators

Wed 10/25 Existing Home Sales (Sep): fell 1.9% to 6.18M
Wed 10/25 Median Home Price (Sep): fell 2.5% to $219.8k
Thu 10/26 Durable Orders (Sep): up 7.8% to $226.7B
Thu 10/26 New Home Sales (Sep): Median Price fell 9.7%
Thu 10/26 Jobless Claims (10/21): up 8k to 308k
Thu 10/26 Help-Wanted Index (Sep): 30, no change
Fri 10/27 Price Deflator-Adv (Q3): core up 1.9%
Fri 10/27 GDP-Adv (Q3): up 1.6%, lowest in 3 years
Fri 10/27 Money-Market Mutual Funds (10/25): down $7.72B
More Econ Insights at: Haver Analytics

U.S. GDP Growth Slows to 1.6% in 3Q, Lowest in More Than 3 Years

U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) growth slows to 1.6% in the third quarter, the lowest growth in more than 3 years,  according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. U.S. GDP grew at 2.6% during Q2 and a robust 5.6% during Q1 of 2006. The third quarter's 1.6% growth rate was the weakest since the first quarter of 2003, when the economy grew at a 1.2% annual rate.

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Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Inflows Surged 29% to $916B in 2005

Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose by 29% in 2005 to reach $916 billion, having already increased by 27% in 2004, according to The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) annual report on the appraisal of global FDI trends earlier this week. However world inflows remained far below the 2000 peak of $1.4 trillion. The value of cross-border M&As in 2005 rose by 88% over 2004, to $716 billion, and the number of deals rose by 20%, to 6,134.

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24% Increase in Visitors to Newspaper Web Sites; 58M Visitors in Sept.

More than 58 million people (or more than 1 in 3 active Internet users) visited newspaper Web sites in September, generating more than 2.7 billion page views, a record level, according to a report by Nielsen//NetRatings for the Newspaper Association of America.  

ONLINE NEWSPAPER AUDIENCE

Month

Unique
Audience

Active Reach%

Total Page Views

Pages Per
person

Time Per
Person (mm:ss)

Visits Per
Person

Sept-05

47.4 mil.

31.87%

1.9 billion

40.65

37:52

7.41

Sept-06

58.2 mil.

37.03%

2.8 billion

47.80

42:01

7.94

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings Custom Analysis for NAA

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Oct.27

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

Microsoft Gets Boost From Xbox Sales: Microsoft's profit ($3.48B) and revenue ($10.8B) both rose 11% in its fiscal first quarter. For the full year, Microsoft forecast revenue in the range of $50 billion to $50.9 billion.  

 

Microsoft expects to ship 10 million Xbox 360 consoles by the end of this year and between 13 million and 15 million by the end of Microsoft's fiscal year.

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