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Capital Gains: Apple's $2 Billion Command Center, Female VCs Raise $50 Million and More

Microsoft is also working on buying a calendar app.

Vjeran Pavic

Some money changed hands in Silicon Valley this week. Here’s what went down:

  • Apple willplunk down $2 billion to reshape a failed manufacturing facility in Arizona into a $2 billion “command center” that will serve as the center of its global data networks.
  • Israeli content-marketing firm Taboola raised $117 million in a funding round led by Fidelity Management. A funding round last fall put the company’s value at around $1 billion (per GigaOM).
  • Microsoft is planning anacquisition of the calendar-app maker Sunrise, in a deal worth approximately $100 million. In a similar move in December, Microsoft purchased the email app Acompli for $200 million.
  • The early-stage venture capital firm Aligned Partners, one of the few VC firms in Silicon Valley led by women, finished a $50 million funding round for its second fund (Dow Jones).
  • The makers of the photo-editing app PicsArt raised $10 million from Sequoia Capital, whose partner Omar Hamoui will join the PicsArt board.

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