the daily mail might bid for yahoo, lytroreleases a new camera, vc funding seems to be booming more… it’s monday, april 11 and this is crunch report.you can add another company to the list of potential buyers for yahoo: dmgt, the parentcompany of the british tabloid the daily mail. it sounds like a weird fit at first, but buyingyahoo’s news and media assets would give the company a big presence in the us, where it’strying to expand. dmgt also bought the somewhat bro-y, millennial focused website elite dailylast year. this time, the company won’t be making its bid alone, but rather in partnershipwith private equity firms, although those negotiations are still underway. the wallstreet journal was the first to report on
the news, but it’s been confirmed by dmgt,which put out this statement: "given the success of dailymail.com and elite daily we have beenin discussions with a number of parties who are potential bidders. discussions are ata very early stage and that there is no certainty that any transaction will take place." camera company lytro is looking to turn filmmakersinto its next group customers. lytro’s light-field technology takes a photo and uses all theavailable light to separate the different objects into a three-dimensional grid, whichgives you additional detail and flexibility and could eventually be used to create virtualreality content. the company announced a new product called lytro cinema today. it’s aproduct for film and tv producers. the goal
is to allow them to make more decisions inpost-production, like choosing where to focus the image. this could also make it easierto blend live footage with cgi â€” instead of using a greenscreen, the lytro cinema couldjust capture footage out to a certain distance and then make everything else transparent.this definitely isn’t aimed at consumers or casual filmmakers though, since rental packagesstart at one hundred twenty five thousand dollars. there’s been a lot of talk recently abouthow the startup bubble is bursting, but venture capital firms, at least, are raising largeamounts of money. according to new data from the national venture capital association andthomson reuters, 57 us firms raised 12 billion
dollars in the first three months of thisyear, the highest level in a decade. it’s worth noting, however, that those numbersare driven by just a handful of vcs â€” there are actually fewer funds being raised, andjust four firms, including founders fund and accel partners, represented half of the totamoney raises. why the uptick? techcrunch’s connie loizos speculates that universitiesand pension funds have more money these days thanks to the stock market, and venture capitalis just one place that they’re going to invest it. the world is getting an early look at amazon’snew kindle e-reader thanks to a leak on tmall.com’s official kindle page. according to the leak,the new device will be called the kindle oasis,
it will be smaller than the kindle voyageand the kindle paperwhite, and there’s a bump on the back, which could make it easier tohold, as well lighter. and if you want it to have a more traditional shape, there’sa leather case that’ll basically do that for you. contrary to earlier reports, there areno signs of solar power case, although maybe that’s just not included in the current listing.no word yet on timing or pricing. most of you, i’m assuming, have seen the statsthat women make generally less than men doing the same jobs. facebook, however, said todaythat it’s been able to beat that trend and does not have a gender pay gap. the companysays it’s regularly looking at its compensation practices to make sure that things are equitable,and it does statistical analysis to compare
the pay of men and women performing similarwork. in other words, if you’re serious about eliminating the pay gap, it takes real doestake real effort. and that’s not to say that facebook is some kind of gender-balanced utopiaâ€” only 32 percent of its workforce is female. thatâ€™s the report for today. iâ€™m anthonyha. crunch report airs every weekday at 7 pm eastern,4 pm pacific, on techcrunch.com. you can also find us on itunes, and on youtube. see youtomorrow!