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February 9, 2013, 7:05 PM

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Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Raises $13.5M Series A Led By Benchmark, Now Sees 60M Snaps Sent Per Day  —  Snapchat, the impermanent messaging app that won “Fastest Rising Startup” at the 2012 Crunchies, has finalized a $13.5 million Series A round led by Benchmark's Mitch Lasky.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @eldonThanks:@gallagherbilly
Ron / WinBeta:
Surface Pro already sold out at MicrosoftStore.com, BestBuy, and Staples, hours into its launch  —  The Surface Pro, powered by Windows 8 Pro, was officially launched online at MicrosoftStore.com, as well as BestBuy and Staples, and within a few hours, the 128GB model of the Surface Pro is already sold out at Microsoft's online store.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Hikes Its Promoted Trend Prices Again, to $200,000 a Day  —  Twitter's ad business is still a work in progress, but here's one positive sign: Prices for the company's “promoted trends” have been steadily rising, and are now at the $200,000 a day mark in the U.S..
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future ‘iWatch’  —  Former Apple employee and human interface developer Bruze Tognazzini published a blog post earlier this week listing his thoughts on the iWatch, a potential Apple product that made headlines late in 2012.  —  The Pebble Smartwatch
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Opens Applications For New Class, As Total Funding For Alums Reaches $1.5B, Or $3.18M Each  —  Y Combinator founder Paul Graham tweeted today that the accelerator's 464 startup graduates (prior to its current batch) have raised an average of $3.18 million in funding each …
More: TechCrunchTweets: @paulg and @paulg

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