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After nearly 3 billion check-ins, Foursquare reveals its top places across the US for 2012

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Location-based social network Foursquare has launched a new part of its website, called ‘The Best of Foursquare 2012’, which ranks places and businesses across the US based on the billions of check-ins and review data uploaded by its users. The company has used a wide variety of data, including tips,...
After nearly 3 billion check-ins, Foursquare reveals its top places across the US for 2012
HP introduces Envy 23 and Pavilion 23 all-in-ones, kills off Omni branding

RT @TechCrunch In Its Local Brawl With The NYT, The WSJ Pulls Out Some Foursquare Badges http://tcrn.ch/db7Fv9 via @matthewjbrown

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RT @TechCrunch In Its Local Brawl With The NYT, The WSJ Pulls Out Some Foursquare Badges http://tcrn.ch/db7Fv9 via @matthewjbrown

Foursquare brings updated venue pages to iOS, adds new post-checkin 'highlights'

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Last week, Foursquare updated its venue pages to make them more friendly both pre and post-checkin. Today, those improvements come to the iPhone app, with one additional change. The new post-checkin experience on iPhone will now present you with ‘highlights’ of your visit. These can take the form of a...
Foursquare brings updated venue pages to iOS, adds new post-checkin 'highlights'

Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

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We’ve been covering Gogobot since it first launched in early 2010. It took the social travel discovery and advice site a little while to find its niche, but since about the middle of 2011, it’s been adding new members rapidly. Today, Gogobot is announcing that it has now surpassed the...
Social Travel Service Gogobot Passes 1 Million Registered Users

Just Checking...How Many of Foursquare's Reported 20 Million Users Are Active?

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On the face of it, the statistics are impressive: 20 million registered users and 2 billion check-ins. But as location check-in app Foursquare celebrates 4sqDay (16 April = 4 squared, geddit?), how many people still regularly use the service? After all, manually checking in to places is going out...
Just Checking...How Many of Foursquare's Reported 20 Million Users Are Active?

Miso Gets Big Brand Love. Check-In To The Hot Tub Time Machine

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For the past few years, being the “Twitter for FILL-IN-THE-BLANK” has been a popular trend among startups. Now, we’re starting to see a shift. Several new startups are launching as the “Foursquare for FILL-IN-THE-BLANK.” And big brands are actually starting to take notice. Miso is an iPhone app that incorporates...
Miso Gets Big Brand Love. Check-In To The Hot Tub Time Machine

Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. My gamification post two weeks ago (which described everything you...
Real Gamification Mechanics Require Simplicity And, Yes, Game Designers Can Do It
Foursquare evokes location nostalgia with new history page

Intel to launch Celeron and Pentium chips based on Atom architecture

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In recent years, Intel's Celeron and Pentium processors have been cut-down versions of more advanced counterparts. For the chips' next updates, Intel is taking an opposite tack -- it's bringing low-end Atom architecture into the big leagues. The company is confident enough in the speed and flexibility of the...
Intel to launch Celeron and Pentium chips based on Atom architecture

Google+ Adds New Website Buttons & Badges On 2nd Birthday

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Google+ turns two years old today and is marking the occasion with new buttons and badges for websites, along with a few tweaks to its photo features. There’s also a special birthday logo that’s showing up only on plus.google.com (which you can see at right). As far as the new...
Google+ Adds New Website Buttons & Badges On 2nd Birthday
Atom for jailbroken iPhones is a welcome lockscreen overhaul

Appsfire introduces badges to surface the top developers and bestsellers, weed out rogue iOS apps

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Appsfire has rolled out a not-insignificant update to its iOS app today (Android coming soon), which includes badges for the best/worst apps, a new side menu and a handful of new design tweaks. Just a couple of week ago we reported that Appsfire has helped 9 million people with more...
Appsfire introduces badges to surface the top developers and bestsellers, weed out rogue iOS apps

Tesla Model S review

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As we cover the mobile industry, where the evolution of devices and processors is relentless, we're used to being impressed. We're used to seeing a new generation of a product that instantly and irrevocably makes the previous one look tame. It's just the way this world turns. However, that's...
Tesla Model S review

Blight On The Farm(ville): Zynga Sneaks In Major Layoffs During Apple Press Event

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Anyone who knows the tech industry will tell you: the best time to announce bad news is smack dab in the middle of an Apple announcement. Actually, ask Zynga, which today snuck out some very bad news indeed -- massive layoffs, possibly across a number of locations. As the collective...
Blight On The Farm(ville): Zynga Sneaks In Major Layoffs During Apple Press Event

Foursquare a game? You may be missing the whole point

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I'm on a plane flying from client meetings in Seattle to attend SxSWi in Austin. When I get there, I'm going to check in on Foursquare and Gowalla. Probably Loopt, too. Maybe I'll break out my old Brightkite ID (probably not though) or look for restaurant reviews on Yelp....
Foursquare a game? You may be missing the whole point

Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks

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The startup Duolingo has found a way to make free foreign language learning profitable. Venir otra vez? The company, which counts Ashton Kutcher and four-hour obsessive Tim Ferriss among its backers, is doing it, in part, by enlisting new language learners to translate the web. It's an approach that investors...
Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks
Verizon Wireless gamifies its site and gets 30 percent more logins

Weekend Fun: New Apps for Your iPhone

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As one of ReadWriteWeb's iPhone users, I'm always looking for new applications to try out. Some get downloaded for a day and then deleted right away, others slowly inch their way closer to my homescreen. Even rarer are the ones that become actively used on a regular basis. Occasionally, we...
Weekend Fun: New Apps for Your iPhone

Moredays Brings A Digital Journal, Scrapbook & Calendar To iPhone

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Moredays, a very pretty digital calendar/scrapbooking app has just arrived on the iPhone. The app had previously launched in iPad-only format last fall (where it was spotted in TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s Startup Alley). At the time, we described it as “a journaling app combined with a diary app” that also...
Moredays Brings A Digital Journal, Scrapbook & Calendar To iPhone
Seattle startup BigDoor scores NFL.com gamification deal
As Facebook Political Campaigning Heats Up, NGP VAN Launches New Social Organizing Tool

Google Maps coming to iPad this summer, updated with new design, improved rating system, in-app offers, much more

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We showed you significant updates to Google Maps which leaked early this morning, and Google just announced updates to Maps at Google I/O. Google also announced that its Maps API is used by over 1 million active sites and accessed by 1 billion unique visitors weekly. Maps will now...
Google Maps coming to iPad this summer, updated with new design, improved rating system, in-app offers, much more

Foursquare Adds Another Search Feature: Check-In History

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Still not convinced that Foursquare wants to be more than a check-in game with points and badges? Today the company launched the latest of several search features that continue to position Foursquare firmly as a formal local search engine: a fully searchable history page where users can review... Please visit...
Foursquare Adds Another Search Feature: Check-In History

What Is the Point of... Foursquare?

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Whenever a trendy app comes along, there are people who ask, “What is the point of this?” If millions of people are using something, there has to be a reason. In our What Is the Point of... series, we’ll explain it to you. This week, we're asking, What is the...
What Is the Point of... Foursquare?

Physical rewards from companies like Kiip will change the way that apps are developed

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When you hear about winning “rewards” while using apps, you’re probably thinking about badges in Foursquare or points in a game. Companies like Kiip are not only changing the way we’re rewarded inside of games, they are changing the way that developers are thinking about creating apps entirely. The best...
Physical rewards from companies like Kiip will change the way that apps are developed

What are the best student apps?

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Struggling to manage your money, work and play? There are thousands of apps that promise to make life easier - we've put some of the biggest names head-to-headClear vs. Wunderlist Wunderlist, free. Available for iTunes and AndroidClear, £1.49. Available for iTunesBoth are simple list makers, but Wunderlist doubles as a...
What are the best student apps?
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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun

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Gabe Zichermann is the author of the books “Game-Based Marketing” (Wiley, now available) and “Funware in Action” (Manning, Q3/2010). He is also the CEO of professional mobile social networking startup beamME and frequently muses about games and the world at http://funwareblog.com.Just like sex, fun sells. The early proof of...
Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun
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