Tech Roundup: OpenX raises $22.5mn funding from Samsung Venture. Instagram gets 1000 comments/sec

OpenX has completed a $22.5 million Series E funding round. This brings the total investment in OpenX to more than $70 million. New investor Samsung Venture Investment Corporation led the round. Existing investors Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Presidio Ventures also participated in the round. OpenX will use the funds to further accelerate growth, finance additional acquisitions, expand internationally and broaden adoption of its digital revenue platform.

The company has grown very rapidly since its May 2011 Series D funding round, achieving greater than 100% year-over-year revenue growth in both 2011 and 2012. In 2012, OpenX also completed two highly strategic acquisitions – LiftDNA and JumpTime – both of which further OpenX’s mission to maximize ad revenue for digital media companies.

Instagram Releases Monthly Active User Data 

Instagram stats:

  • 90 million Monthly Active Users
  • 40 million Photos Per Day
  • 8500 Likes Per Second
  • 1000 Comments Per Second

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Google Nexus 7 tops iPad in Japan: Is this a trend?

Based on a survey of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet had 44.4 percent of the market versus the iPad’s 40.1 percent, according to Nikkei, Japan’s largest business daily. The survey was done by market research firm BCN in December.[read]

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Microsoft Security Essentials fails anti-virus certification test.

Microsoft’s popular Security Essentials anti-virus software has failed to gain the latest certificate from the AV-TEST institute. In antimalware testing against a range of products, AV-TEST failed to certify AhnLab V3 Internet Security 8.0, Microsoft Security Essentials 4.1, and PC Tools Internet Security 2012 out of a total of 25 different vendors. Microsoft’s own anti-virus software failed to adequately protect against 0-day malware attacks, scoring an average of 71 percent vs. the industry average of 92 percent.[source]