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09 April, 2012
Facebook made an offer to purchase Instagram, along with its 13 employees, for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock, with a plan to keep the company independently managed.
01 August, 2008
In order to raise enough seed money to sustain their business, Airbnb sells cereal boxes for Barack Obama and John McCain. They sell 800 boxes at $40 each, netting $30,000 in funding for the company. Their most successful single sale event is the Democratic National Convention in November 2008.
06 November, 2007
Facebook launches Facebook Beacon with 44 partner sites at the time of launch. Beacon is part of Facebook's advertisement system that sent data from external websites to Facebook, for the purpose of allowing targeted advertisements and allowing users to share their activities with their friends. Certain activities on partner sites were published to a user's News Feed.<
01 September, 2009
Facebook shuts down Beacon.