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Check-In For Charity During SXSW With CauseWorld And TechCrunch

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There are no shortage of location-based services launching this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Many of them allow you to “check-in” places to let others know you are there. So how do you differentiate between then and decide which to use? Well, here’s one good way. CauseWorld, is a...
Check-In For Charity During SXSW With CauseWorld And TechCrunch

From buzzword to bloodsport: native advertising gets competitive with new leaderboard

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Regardless of your definition of the category or whether you believe it has staying power, native advertising is as hot a topic as they come in the adtech world. It’s comparable to flash sales in 2009, daily deals in 2010, influencer marketing in 2011 or ambient social networking in 2012....
From buzzword to bloodsport: native advertising gets competitive with new leaderboard
Zynga No Longer Has The Biggest Game on Facebook By Daily Users. OMGPOP Does.
The Yelpification Of Foursquare
Big Fish teaming up with game-friendly Wikipad tablet
Startups: How Heroku's 'Vibe Managers' Could Transform Salesforce's Culture

Noom Walk for Android: A social pedometer to get you into 'quantified self' without extra hardware

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Health and fitness-focused startup Noom has today launched Walk, an Android app that is essentially a ‘social pedometer’ pitched as a rival to the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone UP, only without the need for dedicated hardware. The idea here is simple. You install the app and it runs in...
Noom Walk for Android: A social pedometer to get you into 'quantified self' without extra hardware

Startup Weekend & Tech Cocktail Compete To Recruit Startups For Startup America

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Startup America’s Master Challenge showdown is now underway. This fun, friendly competition pits influential tech groups against each other, to see which one can encourage more startups to join the Startup America Partnership. The winning group gets bragging rights, of course, and will be recognized at upcoming events, like Startup America’s...
Startup Weekend & Tech Cocktail Compete To Recruit Startups For Startup America

iPhone App Lets You Drop Bird Turds on Bad Tweets

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We all have our tolerance levels for pointless babble, but now instead of just whining about the tweets we hate, we can use the new Bird Turd iPhone app to poop on them.At $0.99 Bird Turd [iTunes link] offers an amusing addition to the Twitter experience. Once you add...
iPhone App Lets You Drop Bird Turds on Bad Tweets

Google quietly releases Foursquare-like leaderboards baked into Latitude

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As pointed out by AndroidWorld (via Engadget), Google’s latest update to Maps for Android only listed minor performance improvements. However, some report it seems to have introduced a new Foursquare-like global leaderboard integrated into Latitude that ranks Google+ users based on points earned by checking-in. Many report having to...
Google quietly releases Foursquare-like leaderboards baked into Latitude

Nokia to help make Austin greener with its #ijustplantedatree campaign at SXSW

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With SXSW in full gear, the parties are rockin’, the booze is flowin’, and the BBQ is sloppin’. The yearly SXSW Interactive event in Austin is commonly referred to as “spring break for geeks” and it seems like this year is no exception. Some companies are choosing to continue previous...
Nokia to help make Austin greener with its #ijustplantedatree campaign at SXSW

Windows Phone to surpass BlackBerry in market share

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Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS are headed for a knock-down fight over which has the smallest share of the market, according to WMPowerUser. BlackBerry's share continues to plummet, according to StatCounter, as Windows Phone struggles to grow past its approximate 1 percent penetration. At this rate, the two will switch...
Windows Phone to surpass BlackBerry in market share

Google Latitude Adds Leaderboards, Game-like Check-ins

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A quiet update brings a whole new element to the service: for every check-in at different locations you earn points that are tallied in a leaderboard against those of your friends....
Google Latitude Adds Leaderboards, Game-like Check-ins

Persuade bands to play near you with Songkick's 'Detour' crowdfunding platform, kicking off with London

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If you’re one of those music fans who hounds bands and musicians with questions such as ‘When are you coming to play MY town?’, Detour is one service you will be all over like a deranged groupie rash. London-based startup Songkick launched crowdfunding platform Detour in private beta last year,...
Persuade bands to play near you with Songkick's 'Detour' crowdfunding platform, kicking off with London
It's A Facebook And Google World On Apple's App Store, Poke Hits #1 A Day After Its Release

Here's a list of things from CES that you'll actually be able (and want) to buy

thenextweb.com
This post originally appeared on The Wirecutter – A list of amazing gadgets.     Eight Wirecutter writers and I convened at the Consumer Electronics show this week. You know, CES–The big gadget trade thing that serves as a sneak peek into the future of hardware. Instead of soaking your news feed with hundreds...
Here's a list of things from CES that you'll actually be able (and want) to buy
As Facebook Political Campaigning Heats Up, NGP VAN Launches New Social Organizing Tool

Why I Don’t Check In On Foursquare

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When I was at South by Southwest in Austin a few weeks ago, checking in on Foursquare and Gowalla was useful as it helped people know where I was and friends reciprocated letting me know where they were at. It was also somewhat novel being able to get new badges...
Why I Don’t Check In On Foursquare
Google Maps For iOS Was Downloaded Over 10M Times In Its First 48 Hours After Launch

Why Wander isn't launching at SXSW, even though it would make perfect sense

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The expectations for TechStars NY darling Wander are high. Very high. It’s been almost a year since the company graduated from the accelerator program, having raised what VC’s have characterized as a “very hot” $1.2 million seed round. Wander’s mission wasn’t ever entirely clear to me, as evidence by my...
Why Wander isn't launching at SXSW, even though it would make perfect sense

Bunchball brings a fresh approach to networking with gamified service for meetings and conferences

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Attending conferences and meetings are interesting at times, but when people are there to network, finding the right person to connect with can be difficult. Just who is at the event that is relevant for you to meet and what’s a good way to “break the ice”? Bunchball, a company...
Bunchball brings a fresh approach to networking with gamified service for meetings and conferences

Some future gadgets I'd maybe buy (aka a realist's guide to CES)

thewirecutter.com
Eight Wirecutter writers and I convened at the Consumer Electronics show this week. You know, CES–The big gadget trade thing that serves as a sneak peek into the future of hardware. Instead of soaking your news feed with hundreds of posts, we spent most of our time filtering 99.99% of...
Some future gadgets I'd maybe buy (aka a realist's guide to CES)
Twitter is great, Twitter is terrible: why developer confusion is good for the service
Launch festival is entrepreneur-friendly on-stage and off
These 4 startups are leading the pack at Launch 2013

Nike+ Basketball and Training stat tracking shoes launch, kick off 'Game On, World' challenge (video)

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While the Nike+ fitness tracking platform has been around for years, the footwear giant has only just unleashed shoes with the technology built right in. The Nike Hyperdunk+ (last seen skying through the FCC) is its first basketball shoe in the line, while the first training shoes are the...
Nike+ Basketball and Training stat tracking shoes launch, kick off 'Game On, World' challenge (video)

Billions of online user actions say gamification increases site engagement 29%

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Looking to increase commenting, social sharing, and other user engagement on your site? According to a Gigya study of billions of user actions with partners like Pepsi, Nike, and Dell, adding gamification to your site boosts user engagement by almost a third. In fact, gamification boosts commenting 13 percent, social...
Billions of online user actions say gamification increases site engagement 29%
How running a marathon inspired 'Canabalt's' creator

Urban Futbol: Red Bull's 'Balcony Shot' reimagined as an addictive, Angry Birds-esque football app

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Red Bull is best known for giving you wings, through its range of carbonated, caffeinated and sickly sweet beverages. But it also sponsors a heck of a lot of events, not to mention an entire football (soccer) team in New York. With one eye on the sporting realm, Red Bull...
Urban Futbol: Red Bull's 'Balcony Shot' reimagined as an addictive, Angry Birds-esque football app

Booting Up: WhatsApp and Google Deny Acquisition Reports

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This is not an Apple store. (Photo: Flickr.com/crazytales562) Ron Johnson, the guy who created Apple’s gleaming retail stores, has now been fired from his job as CEO of J.C. Penney. Turns out doing away with coupons was not a very popular strategy. [Bloomberg Businessweek] “Why do people watch tightrope walkers?...
Booting Up: WhatsApp and Google Deny Acquisition Reports
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