$52 Million for Solazyme, $25 Million for Nanosys, $7.5 Million for WePay, & More Bay Area Biztech News

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—Bruce analyzed the second part of a CB Insights demographic study of startup founders, which found, if you believe the numbers, that Massachusetts has a far higher proportion of women founders (27 percent) than California (6 percent) or New York (7 percent). Greg took a deeper look at that finding in a post for Boston.

—Bruce also had more details about the acquisition of Rohnert Park, CA-based e-mail spam filtering company Red Condor by San Diego’s St. Bernard Software.

—Skype, in which San Jose, CA-based eBay retains a 35 percent stake, filed registration papers to pursue a $100 million IPO on the NASDAQ exchange.

—The maker of the MongoDB open-source database, New York-based 10gen, opened a new Bay Area office to help deal with demand from enterprise customers.

—Fremont, CA-based GreenVolts, which is developing high-end photovoltaic systems for utilities, collected $7.5 million in a debt financing round.

—Plastic Logic in Mountain View, CA, said it was giving up on its long-delayed Que ProReader document reader, originally touted as a business-level alternative to Amazon’s Kindle. CEO Richard Archuleta said the company plans to “refocus, redesign and retool” for a next-generation product.

—And in a case that is sure to transfix Silicon Valley for months or even years to come, Redwood City, CA-based Oracle sued Google, saying the search giant’s Android mobile operating system infringes on Oracle-owned patents for the Java programming environment.

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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