Today’s Top Headlines: Groupon’s IPO – the Samwer influence, 6Wunderkinder’s new investor,, Facebook in Russia

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top tech headlines

Our daily digest of top tech headlines is back with a bang this week – check out these recently published morsels:

Leak: did Oliver Samwer put pressure on Groupon IPO?

GrouponAs Groupon’s stock price continues to slump, PandoDaily’s sources claim Rocket Internet’s Oliver Samwer pushed hard for a fast IPO – a decision apparently hotly contested among the daily deal site’s investors. Read more on PandoDaily.

For related reading on VentureVillage, check out:

Groupon stock slump – now worth less than Google offered in 2010
Is time running out for Groupon? More explosive claims surface

6Wunderkinder: High-Tech Gründerfonds out, Earlybird in

6WunderkinderBerlin VC Earlybird has acquired a stake in productivity app-makers 6Wunderkinder – following the exit of original investor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), which previously held 13 per cent of the Berlin-based company. Read more on Gründerszene (article in German). 

To read up on Earlybird, try:

LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke joins EarlyBird as Venture Partner
How to attract Earlybird’s attentiona as a startup: A VC’s guidebook – more details out on suspected password breach

Last FMOn Thursday, the CBS-owned, London-based music website became the latest website – after LinkedIn and eHarmony – to reveal its data had been stolen, asking users to change their passwords after a dump of around 1.5 million passwords. But the security breach responsible goes much further back… Read more on GigaOM.

Facebook is eating the world (except for Russia and China)

social network world mapTwice a year (in June and in December), social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza updates his ‘world map of social networks’, in which he shows what the most popular social network is in now 137 countries worldwide – check out the latest update (link via The Next Web).

So how’s Facebook doing it? Related reading:

Facebook’s new strategy for boosting user growth? Facebook for kids
Facebook heart Berlin – the city’s coolest brands get on the Open Graph brandwagon