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Another $250M on My Precious Twitter

Twitter Inc. raised about $20 million in new investments based on a valuation of the company at up to $250 million.

The TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blogs over the weekend both cited unnamed sources saying that the San Francisco-based micro-blogging company has followed up on its previous $20 million in funding with a similar sized round that has yet to be announced.

The new valuation of the company is about half what Palo Alto social networking company Facebook Inc. reportedly offered for Twitter over the summer, although most of that was said to be in Facebook stock which today is worth nowhere near what it was thought to at that time. Facebook's valuation was pegged at about $15 billion when Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) invested in it in 2007 but is now valued at less than $5 billion.

Brad Pitt & Rolex, I want them both!

Precious Brad Pitt's Sexy Secret: My Precious Dreamboy Reveals All for Rolex in Japan
The Sexy Secret of my Precious Superstar Brad Pitt Is His Revealing Advertisements for Rolex Watches in Japan, Reports Melrose Jewelers, USA's #1 Online Rolex Watch Retailer

TOKYO - Brad Pitt & Rolex: There is no question that superstar actor Brad Pitt loves Rolex watches. He wears them in his movies, like the Ocean Trilogy and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and he wears Rolex watches in his private life. Brad Pitt, however, has a sexy secret, and it has nothing to do with Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. For several years, Brad Pitt appeared in Rolex Advertisements in Japan for the luxury goods company, Evance. These print and video spots, splashed across billboards and constantly running on television in the Japanese market, are nothing like his American and European fans have ever seen before. Showing Brad Pitt lying in bed half-naked, gazing at his Rolex Explorer like a satisfied lover, the Rolex advertisements quite simply would blow his adoring female fans away. In the print ads, Pitt looks like a rugged playboy as he lies in bed, wearing only his Rolex Daytona. With the opening of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" on Christmas day and his nomination for several top acting awards (still waiting on the Oscar nods in January), Pitt wants nothing more than to be taken seriously as an actor. And Brad Pitt is a serious actor, but his advertising work for Rolex reveals the inherent sex symbol lingering within.

This article, by John Lavitt, can be viewed in its entirety at the free MJ Rolex Watch Blog at: http://www.melrosejewelers.com/rolex-watch-blog/the-sexy-secret-brad-pitt-and-rolex-watches-in-japan/ or at the Melrose Jewelers Rolex watch website at www.melrosejewelers.jp.

Brad Pitt and Rolex watches intimately have been connected with each other for many years. The actor particularly has been known to be close, on both a professional and private level, with the Rolex Daytona. Commenting on the rarity of these ultra-popular Rolex watches, a South African newspaper pointed out: "Annual production of Rolexes is limited to an estimated 750,000 watches. The waiting list for the stainless steel Daytona runs up to five years. Demand for the prestigious Swiss timepieces -- with the crown imprimatur -- always exceeded the supply. Rolex cachet is such that during World War II, a German mountaineer pursued by British soldiers in India partially financed his escape by selling his watch to a remote Himalayan villager. That story is told in the Sony Pictures movie 'Seven Years in Tibet,' starring Brad Pitt."

Beyond this professional connection, Brad Pitt has been seen wearing a Rolex Daytona in his private life and recently he sold one of his Daytonas online. On a major online auction site, the following posting ran with an embedded link in the article that revealed a picture of Brad Pitt: "The steel Daytona needs no introduction; if you are viewing this piece you know what you are looking for. This 2004-2005 piece is in pristine condition, featuring the white dial. We purchased this timepiece from a large Hollywood dealer who supplies watches to the top movie stars. While confidential in nature, it does come with the Rolex paperwork indicating the identity of such owner. These stars trade their watches in often for brand new models (why put it in your closet when you can just get a new one, right?)"

Brad Pitt is a huge movie star and a talented actor with a private life plagued by the paparazzi, particularly given his marriage to fellow superstar Angelina Jolie. Nothing is bigger in the Western popular culture bubble than Brangelina. Beyond this given reality, Brad Pitt is not only a major Rolex watch owner, but he sold the watches as a pitchman in Japan. And those advertisements reveal a truly sexy secret: the dashing and rugged Brad Pitt that every woman in this country has been longing to see.

About Melrose Jewelers:

Melrose Jewelers sells nearly 400 styles of Rolex watches on its website along with brands including Cartier, Omega, Breitling and Audemars Piguet. Melrose Jewelers is a member of the NAWCC (National Association of Watch Collectors) and the MJSA (Manufacturers & Jewelers Association of America) and supports law enforcement through its Platinum Membership with the California Sheriff's Association. Melrose Jewelers is not an authorized agent or affiliated with Rolex USA, Rolex S.A., or Rolex International. Rolex Datejust, Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Day Date President and Presidential, Rolex Oyster, Rolex Submariner, Rolex GMT Master, & Rolex Daytona are trademarks of Rolex USA. All Rolex watches offered by Melrose Jewelers are Preowned; no new Rolex watches are available from Melrose Jewelers. Melrose Jewelers warranties its watches solely through its store. Rolex USA has no obligation to service watches sold by Melrose Jewelers.

About the Melrose Jewelers Rolex Watch Blog:

The Melrose Jewelers (MJ) Rolex Watch Blog is the world's largest independent news website about Rolex events and Rolex in pop culture. With over 300 articles and new articles and commentary updated daily, the Melrose Jewelers Rolex watch blog contains articles about Rolex watches owned by Barack Obama, John McCain,Jessica Simpson, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Vince McMahon, Rita Hayworth, Benicio Del Toro, The Dalai Lama, Zara Phillips, Saddam Hussein, O.J. Simpson, Guy Ritchie, Madonna, Ana Ivanovic, Matt Damon, Genki Sudo, Drew Barrymore, DJ Am, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Jay-Z, Ari Emanuel, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Daniel Craig, Tupac Shakur and Wiley, all viewable at http://www.melrosejewelers.ca/rolex-watch-blog/.

Melrose Jewelers has recently launched its Rolex website in Hong Kong, China at http://www.melrosejewelers.cn.com.