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.

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Wade Roush is the producer and host of the podcast Soonish and a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @soonishpodcast

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