Yum! The appliance retailer wants to beef up its social-networking and editorial offerings, as well as let other sites create branded "stores," so it's pulled in a tasty venture round from Azure Capital Partners.
The online retailer of specialty foods and kitchenware scores $35 million in its latest round of funding, led by venture capital firm Idealab.
Microsoft's MSN Web portal unveiled a new service that alerts bargain hunters to sales at such Web sites as Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Cooking.com. Called MSN Shopping Alerts, the service will notify people via e-mails sent to their MSN Hotmail accounts and through a variety of Web-enabled devices, such as cell phones, Pocket PCs and other handhelds. The shopping alerts are another example of Microsoft's .Net initiative, the software giant's plan to distribute services and software over the Internet. Although Microsoft eventually plans to charge subscriptions for its .Net services, MSN Shopping Alerts is currently free.