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“Physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have achieved the hottest man-made temperatures ever, by colliding lead ions to momentarily create a quark gluon plasma, a subatomic soup and unique state of matter that is thought to have existed just moments after the Big Bang. The results come from the ALICE heavy-ion experiment — a lesser-known sibling to ATLAS and CMS, which produced the data that led to the announcement in July that the Higgs boson had been discovered. ALICE physicists, presenting on Monday at Quark Matter 2012 in Washington DC, say they have achieved a quark gluon plasma 38% hotter than a record 4 trillion degree plasma achieved in 2010 by a similar experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, which had been anointed the Guinness record holder.”
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High-quality video ads can be expensive to produce, running in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, depending on the ad format. But rather than hire a production agency to do their dirty work, Poptent proposes a better way for agencies and brands looking to produce video ads and other messaging: Crowdsource them. And it’s raised a $ 5.5 million round of funding led by MK Capital to get more advertisers and videographers on board.
Poptent has built a platform for crowdsourcing videos from users around the world, which allows brands and agencies to submit various assignments and receive finished videos in return. It’s also got a pretty huge network of videographers from around the world — more than 50,000 from 140 different countries — who can respond to those assignments, giving advertisers plenty of content to choose from.
Facebook’s early investors and employees may sell up to $ 5.5 billion alongside the company’s offering. Facebook today said that it is selling 180 million shares of stock at $ 28 to 35. On top of that, other stockholders are selling 157,415,352 shares. Those proceeds will not go to Facebook.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is selling 30.2 million shares, or up to $ 1.05 billion. Zuck’s not the only one selling shares though. So are Accel’s Jim Breyer, Peter Thiel, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga CEO Mark Pincus. Then there are the institutional entities like Accel and DST. Who’s not selling in this offering? Sean Parker, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz.
We have the actual table from the S-1 here, and then we have a table calculating proceeds for every major shareholder right below that.
France-based Leetchi, a group payment application along the lines of US-based WePay, has raised a series B funding round of $ 5.5 million led by Idinvest. The round also includes Leetchi’s previous investors, 360 Capital Partners. The French company now aims to open in the UK and Germany and launch a new B2C service. Along with France, Leetchi will then be aiming at a combined Internet population of over 160 million users. Not quite as large as WePay’s North American market but getting there…