Worth reading: DailyDeal, Fizzback, Wonga, simfy

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There are so many interesting stories out there and unfortunately we don’t have the time to cover all of them. With our new section “Worth reading” we provide you (once in a while) with some links to interesting articles of other publications:

DailyDeal-logoGoogle buys European Groupon clone “DailyDeal“: Google has just announced another acquisition in the Daily Deals space, snapping up German deal site DailyDeal. The Berlin-based startup was founded in September 2009 by brothers Fabian and Ferry Heilemann, with reported sales of 252,000 vouchers in the first three months of 2011. The company has already expanded outside of Germany to Austria and Switzerland. Find out more about this acquisition on TheNextWeb.

Fizzback_logoNICE Systems acquires Fizzback for approximately $80 million: NICE Systems this morning announced that it is to acquire UK company Fizzback, which is backed by Advent Venture Partners, Nauta Capital and TAG, for approximately $80 million in cash. Founded in 2004, the Fizzback solution helps companies to listen, respond and act in real-time to their customers’ comments. Read more about it on TechCrunch Europe.

wonga-logoWonga has been named the fastest growing Tech company in the UK by Fast Track. Wonga made 830,000 loans in 2010, a fivefold increase on the previous year. Errol Damelin, chief executive, started Wonga in 2006 when he realised short-term credit was one of the few consumer industries the internet had hardly touched. Find out more on Fast Track.

simfy_logoNew simfy pricing model (13 million songs for EUR 4.99): Music streaming portal simfy has introduced “simfy Premium” – a new introductory price for users of the popular simfy Player. For EUR 4.99 per month, music fans can obtain unlimited, advertising-free access to more than 13 million songs via the desktop Player or on the Website. simfy users can listen to an unlimited number of on-demand songs, play artist and genre radios, create playlists and favorites lists, and share their music recommendations with friends via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. The initial price of EUR 4.99 is available until October 15.

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