Smart glass maker View raises $100M

View, a developer of dynamic glass for buildings, has raised $100 million in new funding, with half coming from TIAA Investments. Milpitas, Calif.-based View’s glass tints automatically in response to outdoor conditions or can be adjusted using a mobile device.

Electrolux buys cookware startup Anova

Anova, maker of a home gadget for sous vide cooking, is being acquired by appliance company Electrolux for $115 million up front and up to $135 million in milestone payments. San Francisco-based Anova started out with a campaign on Kickstarter three years ago, where it raised $1.8 million.

Snap Inc (SNAPCHAT) is planning an IPO!

Snap Inc. plans to publicly file for its much-awaited initial public offering late this week, according to media reports. That means the company will likely go public sometime in March, with an initial valuation potentially reaching $25 billion.

Sequoia invests more overseas; others scale back

Sequoia Capital made most of its venture investments outside the U.S. last year, according to an analysis of Crunchbase funding reported in TechCrunch. Over the same period, a number of other prominent Silicon Valley VCs scaled back the number of non-U.S. deals.

A 30 Billion Dollars acquisition!

J&J to acquire Actelion for $30B

It’s a big day for pharmaceutical mergers. Johnson & Johnson said it agreed to acquire publicly traded Swiss biopharmaceutical developer Actelion in a $30 billion all-cash deal. As part of the deal, Actelion’s R&D unit will spin out into a new standalone company.

France’s Vestiaire Collective raises $62M

Vestiaire Collective, a Paris-based online marketplace for selling pre-owned luxury and high-end fashion products, has raised $62 million in a funding round led by Vitruvian Partners, with participation from from existing investors Eurazeo and Idinvest, TechCrunch reports.

Reflektive closes on $25M for employee reviews

Reflektive, provider of a performance feedback platform for employees, has raised $25 million in a Series B round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The San Francisco-based company, founded in 2014, has raised $42 million to date.

Kik acquires app maker Rounds

Messaging company Kik has acquired Rounds, an Israel-based app developer best known for video chat. As part of the deal, Rounds said it will shut down its applications in a week and over time migrate components to Kik’s platform of over 300 million users.

Tricentis raises $165M for software testing

Tricentis, a provider of automated software testing for enterprises, announced that it raised $165 million in a Series B round backed by Insight Venture Partners. The ten-year-old company, based in Vienna and Silicon Valley, had not previously disclosed a large venture round, according to Crunchbase data.

Sprint takes 33% stake in Jay Z’s Tidal

Sprint is buying a 33% stake in Tidal, the music streaming startup majority-owned by Jay Z, with plans to make its content available to the mobile company’s 45 million retail subscribers.

Rocket Internet closes $1B European VC fund

Berlin-based Rocket Internet has closed on $1 billion for what it describes as the largest European fund focused on early through growth stage investments in internet companies.

Thiel’s Mithril tech fund raises about $850M

Peter Thiel has been having an influential year, and is topping it off with a big fundraise. Mithril Capital Management, the technology investment firm he co-founded with Ajay Royan in 2012, has closed on roughly $850 million for its latest fund. The firm’s current portfolio includes about 22 companies in sectors including biotech, financial services and analytics.

Wix acquires Flok for customer loyalty

Wix, the publicly traded provider of tools for building websites, announced that it is acquiring Flok, a developer of customer loyalty apps. New York-based Flok, founded in 2011, previously raised about $19 million in venture funding.

Amazon to add over 100,000 US jobs

Amazon said it will increase its U.S. headcount over the next 18 months to 280,000 employees, an increase of more than 100,000. The ecommerce giant said the jobs will be full time with benefits, will require a range of skill sets, and will be spread across the country, including many positions at newly built fulfillment facilities.

Nintendo to roll out Switch console in March

Nintendo revealed that its newest gaming console, the Switch, will be released on March 3 and cost $300. The launch of the touchscreen device will be accompanied with a cornucopia of new games to go with it.

HouseCanary raises $33M to predict house prices

San Francisco-based HouseCanary, a real estate analytics startup that forecasts prices for U.S. residential properties, raised $33 million in new funding from backers including Hillspire, Alpha Edison, ECA Ventures and Raven Ventures.

Breaking news: Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M

Atlassian, the publicly traded provider of work collaboration tools, is acquiring Trello, the developer of a popular app for group projects. The transaction is reportedly valued around $425 million, including $360 million in cash and the rest in restricted shares and options. New York-based Trello previously raised about $10 million in venture funding.

Google’s Waymo rolling out self-driving minivans

Waymo, the autonomous car startup spun off from Google last month, said it plans to deploy self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans on public roads in Phoenix and Mountain View, Calif. for the first time later this month. The company also said it has been able to cut more than 90 percent off the cost of key sensor and radar components to enable autonomous driving.

Boohoo to buy bankrupt Nasty Gal for $20M

Nasty Gal, a bankrupt fashion retailer focusing on young women, has received court approval to sell its brand and customer database for $20 million to British online fashion company Boohoo. Los Angeles-based Nasty Gal had raised around $65 million in funding prior to its bankruptcy filing late last year.

Didi invests over $100M in Brazil taxi app 99

Leading China-based ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing is making an investment of more than $100 million in Brazil-based taxi on-demand service 99 (formerly known as 99Taxi), TechCrunch reports.

Medium cuts staff, shifts strategy

Medium, the social publishing platform, is laying off about one-third of its staff and shutting offices in New York and Washington DC as it plans a shift in its business model. San Francisco-based Medium, led by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, previously raised more than $130 million in venture funding.

Grail to raise $1B for cancer blood test

Grail, a startup developing a blood test for early cancer detection, plans to raise about $1 billion for its Series B financing round from private and strategic investors. In advance of the round, Grail parent company Illumina said it will cut its ownership stake to below 20 percent and step down from company’s board.

Bitglass raises $45M for data security

Bitglass, a provider of cloud services to protect corporate data, has raised $45 million in a Series C round from new investor Future Fund, with participation from existing investors including NEA, Norwest, and Singtel Innov8. The round brings total funding for the Silicon Valley company to $80 million.

Not all startups are online businesses: Proterra raises $140M for electric buses

Proterra, a maker of electric buses, has raised $140 million in a funding round backed by new and existing investors. The company says it plans to dramatically accelerate production capacity at its manufacturing facilities in Greenville, South Carolina and Los Angeles County.

Facebook buys The Eye Tribe

Facebook’s Oculus division has acquired The Eye Tribe, a startup developing software to enable eye control for VR headsets and other devices. Copenhagen-based The Eye Tribe previously raised about $3 million in seed funding.

China’s Sogou eyes $5B IPO

China’s third-biggest search engine, Soguou, expects to carry out a U.S. initial public offering at a valuation of up to $5 billion as it raises cash to close the gap with leader Baidu in the mobile market, Bloomberg reports.