Soundcloud raises $50m from Kleiner Perkins

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Soundcloud, the Berlin-based “YouTube for audio”, has raised $50m at a $200m valuation, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch Europe reports. Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round, giving an early boost to the European tech scene’s prospects for 2012, with Berlin in particular tipped for great things this year.

Start the rumour mill: Apple is holding a media event in New York at the end of January, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher reports. Assuming an iPad 3 or a new Apple TV would be unveiled in Apple’s native California, speculation has centred on an update to the iBookstore or Newsstand (the emergence of a $99 Steve Jobs action figure is thought to be unrelated).

Google has come under fire from Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan for appearing to break its own rules against sponsored blogposts with a marketing campaign for its Chrome browser. Some 400 search results are thrown up by the query “This post is sponsored by Google Chrome” in spite of repeated exhortations from Google’s search guru Matt Cutts that such “sponsored conversations” are “not trusted in Google’s algorithms any more”. Will Google be forced to ban its own pages from its index? It wouldn’t be the first time…

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