Sequoia Capital raises $700 million global fund

Sequoia Capital has raised a $700 million fund to partner with larger companies on a global basis on investments. It could be an international fund. The company had raised three separate funds for US, China and Israeli investments, including $450 million for a US venture fund, $325 million for a China venture fund and $200 million for a fund for Israel based ventures. [Source]

RIM beta tests BB10 with 120 US cos

Research In Motion Ltd. said the BlackBerry 10, the new smartphone lineup intended to revive its fortunes, is about to begin testing at more than 120 U.S. companies, including 64 members of the Fortune 500. The beta testing is set to start today. [Source]

Google Launches Dedicated YouTube Video Camera App For iPhone and iPod Touch [Source]

Google Maps For iOS Was Downloaded Over 10M Times In Its First 48 Hours After Launch [Source]

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Iran’s supreme leader “likes” Facebook

Facebook – banned in Iran due to its use by activists to rally government opponents in 2009 – has an unlikely new member: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Launched a few days ago, the Facebook page “Khamenei.ir” displays photographs of the 73-year-old cleric alongside speeches and pronouncements by the man who wields ultimate power in the Islamic Republic. [Source]

Nielsen and Twitter Establish Social TV Rating

Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, and Twitter today announced an exclusive multi-year agreement to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating” for the US market. Under this agreement, Nielsen and Twitter will deliver a syndicated-standard metric around the reach of the TV conversation on Twitter, slated for commercial availability at the start of the fall 2013 TV season. [Source]