Rupert Murdoch's company is buying the e-reader software platform, but the device itself will remain with Hearst--reportedly until a buyer is found for that too.
Women's-interest portal iVillage says it has completed its $47 million acquisition of rival Women.com Networks. iVillage said it acquired all outstanding shares of Women.com, which will operate under the iVillage Network. In addition, iVillage said it completed a $20 million investment from Hearst Communications, a unit of The Heart Corp. and other former Women.com stockholders. iVillage said CEO and Chairman Doug McCormick will continue his roles at the company; former Women.com CEO Marleen McDaniel has left to pursue other interests. In February, New York-based iVillage announced its intention to buy San Mateo, Calif.-based Women.com. A few months later, more than a third of Women.com staffers received notice that their jobs would be eliminated after the acquisition closed.
Online home furnishings outfit GoodHome.com said it has raised $30 million in a second round of funding. Investors in the San Rafael, Calif.-based start-up include Homestore.com, MarchFirst, The Hearst Corp., Rhodes Partners and furnishing industry executive Roger Horchow. Also backed by the Learning Company unit of Mattel, the year-old company said it will use the funds to bolster its technology, customer service and marketing efforts.