How much did Dropbox pay for Mailbox?

Dropbox this morning announced that it was buying Orchestra, the company behind the red hot Mailbox app. The question is how much did it pay for the Palo Alto-based startup with 13 employees. We have the answer.

The latest to target the smart energy home: Time Warner Cable

The 2012 CES show hasn’t even officially kicked off and already the smart energy home has emerged as a key target for a variety of sectors, including telcos, big box retailers, startups, chip companies and now cable operators like Time Warner Cable.

India’s Reliance backs nuclear startup TerraPower

Nuclear startup TerraPower, which is backed by Bill Gates, now has a massive Indian conglomerate on its side: Reliance Industries. According to Business Week, Reliance Industries, which owns oil, telecom and retail businesses, has invested a minority stake in TerraPower through one of its energy units.

The startup behind Comcast’s home service: iControl

Cable operator Comcast has turned to a Silicon Valley startup for the software behind its home security and energy management product unveiled on Wednesday: iControl, a Palo Alto, Calif-based company backed by Comcast itself, as well as Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Cisco and Charles River Ventures.

A123’s Energy Storage Spin-out 24M Raises Funds

Last week battery maker A123 Systems quietly unveiled that it had spun out an energy storage venture called 24M Technologies that would raise outside funding. This morning 24M details those backers: $10 million from Charles River Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners, and $6 million from ARPA-E.