A Rival for the iTunes App Store, a Data-Driven Dating Service for Facebook, a Pair of Social Gaming Deals, & More Bay Area BizTech News

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—The Zap Alias, a three-wheeled electric vehicle made by Santa Rosa, CA-based Zap, made it to the final round of the Automotive X Prize competition in Michigan, as Bruce reported.

—San Francisco’s Ecotality (NASDAQ: ECTY) struck an agreement with San Diego’s Qualcomm to build the chipmaker’s wireless chips into its nascent network of electric-vehicle charging stations, as Bruce also reported.

—Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) in San Jose announced that it will buy Day Software. The Swiss firm, with U.S. headquarters in Boston, makes Web content management systems for large corporate websites, including Adobe’s.

—San Francisco-based grid management software maker Nexant raised $32.5 million in venture financing, according to a regulatory filing.

—Menlo Park, CA-based CloudMade, a maker of mapping tools for Web developers, raised $12.3 million in Series B funding from Greylock Partners and Sunstone Capital.

—BlueArc, a San Jose-based builder of network storage systems, raised $20 million in a financing round led by Sweden’s Investor Growth Capital.

—Convoke Systems of San Francisco raised $5.5 million in Series B funding from Flybridge Capital Partners and QED Investors.

—UK-based digital pay TV software provider Pace PLC purchased 2Wire, the San Jose-based maker of broadband modems, for $475 million.

—San Francisco-based online ad network BuzzLogic raised $8.8 million in Series B funding from Adams Capital Management and Ackerley Partners, and announced a new type of rich-media ad unit called “BuzzRoll.”

—San Jose-based payment processing software maker Verient picked up $3 million from undisclosed investors.

—In a deal of our own, Xconomy announced that we’ve formed a partnership with the Bay Citizen, the San Francisco-based non-profit local news publication, under which the Bay Citizen will republish several Xconomy business and technology stories per week.

Wade Roush is Xconomy's chief correspondent and editor of Xconomy San Francisco. You can subscribe to his Google Group or e-mail him at wroush@xconomy.com. Follow @wroush

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