Today’s early-stage startup funding and acquisitions news, from around the web:

Commerce

Online Attorney Marketplace UpCounsel Raises $1.5 Million, Opens Its Patent Practice To All (via TechCrunch)

Listia Raises $9M in Series A Funding, Will Expand Mobile Platforms of Online Trading Marketplace (via company press release)

Staples Buys Personalization Startup Runa To Square Up To Amazon In Office Supplies (via TechCrunch)

Heartland Invests $20 Million in Leaf (via company blog)

Financiers/Funds

Now almost 600 strong, 500 Startups announces new $44.1M seed fund (via VentureBeat)

Rolling in dough: SAP Ventures launches new $650M fund (via GigaOm)

Education

SoFi Reaches $500 Million in Capital Raised to Fund and Refinance Student Loans (via company press release)

Content/Publishing

Madefire Raises $5.2M, True Ventures-Led Round As It Tries To Reinvent Digital Comics (via TechCrunch)

Mobile

Russian m-banking start-up raises $2m (via Finextra)

Yahoo’s latest acquistion: sports app developer Hitpost (via VatorNews)

Data

Numerify raises $8 million in first round of funding (via San Francisco Business Times)

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