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• Tinder, the mobile dating app owned by Match Group (Nasdaq: MTCH), has acquired Wheel, a Los Angeles-based social network for sharing "video stories." No financial terms were disclosed. Wheel had raised around $3 million in seed funding from groups like Upfront Ventures and Dahner Capital. http://tcrn.ch/2kNCqWh
• Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has acquired Skyward, a Portland, Ore.-based information management platform for commercial drone operators. No financial terms were disclosed. Skyward had raised around $8 million in VC funding from Draper Associates, Founders Co-0p, Norwest Venture Partners, Techstars Ventures, Verizon Ventures and Voyager Capital. http://bit.ly/2kWfXZU
• HgCapital, a London-based private equity firm focused on European software and tech-enabled services companies, has closed a pair of new funds totaling £3.1 billion. www.hgcapital.com