Brian Solis, publisher of and PR2.0, attended SFBeta at 111 Minna this week and Valleywag was on hand to document the event.

Valleywag photographer, Lane Hartwell – also of fetching - snapped this shot of Solis after he found her glasses (albeit broken). They went missing during the chaos that only this Web 2.0 networking and drinking extravaganza could elicit.

Valleywag: Brian Solis at SF Beta
To read the official Valleywag SFBeta post by Megan McCarthy, follow the jump.

Solis also shot the event (post coming soon). His photoset is on flickr.

Please join the creators of Girls in Tech (GIT) in celebrating the launch of a new organization centered around women’s contribution to technology in the world today.

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00pm at Slide, 430 Mason (at Geary).

It’s guaranteed to be very

Contact Adriana Gascoigne for additional details.

Lunch 2.0 @ Yahoo! TV
By Alison McNeill

Chandra Hardester and I were “ladies who lunch” on Wednesday as we attended Lunch 2.0 held at Yahoo! There was free food, time to catch up with friends, and a few announcements to kick off discussions.

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We also interviewed the presenting companies included:

Cody Simms- Yahoo Publisher Network
Scott Rafer- MyBlogLog
Pasha Sadri – Yahoo! Pipes 

Havi Hoffman of Yahoo! (Who was kind enough to show us around)
Ian Kennedy of Yahoo Publisher Network and Ian Kennedy on Social Marketing Jeremiah Owyang of Web Strategy By Jeremiah
Ben Wan – Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Several folks from WebBuilder 

Special thanks to Lunch 2.0 cofounders Mark Jen and Joseph Smarr for getting us in the back door to cover the event!

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AdaptiveBlue, developers of BlueOrganizer which launched last September at DemoFall, today announced Series A financing lead by Union Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund located in New York City.  Terms were undisclosed.  Union Square Ventures was among the investing teams behind and Feedburner.

AdaptiveBlue also announced the availability of BlueOrganizer version 3.2.
With 375,000 downloads to date, BlueOrganizer is a free, semantic, smart Web browsing plug-in for FireFox.  It allows instant access to relevant, vertical web sites, information, and web services, directly from the page with one right-click.  It unleashes the information hidden in web pages and provides a contextual menu of popular search, sharing, and tagging options determined on the fly by a semantic analysis of each page.

“Since its launch at DEMOfall and Mozilla’s inclusion of BlueMenu in its showcase for Firefox 2.0 extensions, BlueOrganizer is on its way to becoming a success, and we look forward to more innovation from AdaptiveBlue,” said Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures.  “Alex Iskold and his team are making the semantic Web a reality, while helping consumers enjoy a more productive, rewarding and intelligent Web browsing experience.”

“The Firefox community is a different breed of Web surfers who are looking for a more customizable and streamlined Web experience,” said Alex Iskold, founder and CEO of AdaptiveBlue. “BlueOrganizer users are quickly embracing the ability to access, store, share, and research with one, easy-to-use tool.  Union Square Ventures will help us develop new, advanced features, while also helping us reach increase our market share.” 

For more information, visit the USV blog post.

Things look for Southern California’s (NASDAQ: LOCM).

The company just announced an $8 million private placement to Hearst Interactive Media, a division of Hearst Corporation, and Greenway Capital. According to their PR person, the proceeds are going towards general working capital and strategic initiatives, i.e. marketing, alliances, and development.

“Hearst’s investment in is a welcome endorsement of our long-term strategy by one of the largest media companies,” said Heath Clarke, CEO, “We are excited to learn from Hearst’s vast experience in reaching local consumers and merchants and believe that the relationship could ultimately accelerate the development of our own business.”

Said Kenneth Bronfin, president, Hearst Interactive Media: “ is well positioned to capitalize on the consumer and advertiser trends that are delivering growth in the emerging local search advertising industry. We believe has the right strategy and can become a leader in this area.”