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SXSW Serendipity Gets Yet Another Helper: Kismet

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Does the world need another iPhone app to help find people to talk to and drink with at SXSW in Austin this week? No. But here’s another good one, with a few tweaks. Kismet helps users meet friends through friends by creating spontaneous “pop-up” events, it gives them options of...
SXSW Serendipity Gets Yet Another Helper: Kismet

Highlight Launches Android App And New iOS App With Expanded Profiles, "High Fives," And Improved Notifications

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Can you believe it’s been less than ten months since social-local-mobile app Highlight first launched? We’ve watched it go from an overhyped launch to an overhyped SXSW update to a post-SXSW jumped-the-shark kinda backlash to now almost getting back to under-the-radar sexy again. In other words, it’s been a bit...
Highlight Launches Android App And New iOS App With Expanded Profiles, "High Fives," And Improved Notifications

This Year on Twitter

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Every day, we’re amazed and humbled by the many ways in which people use Twitter, which range from simply retweeting to igniting conversations with hashtags (even around lesser-known topics) to sharing spectacular and far-flung views. In 2012, everyone on Twitter brought us closer to moments and places that used...
This Year on Twitter

How to Fix Location-Based People Discovery

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Philip Cortes is co-founder of people discovery startup Meeteor. Follow him on Twitter @philipcortes. No clear winner came out of South by Southwest’s battle of people discovery apps. Highlight seems to have received the best press, and according to Robert Scoble, about 5% of SXSW used the service. Despite this...
How to Fix Location-Based People Discovery

Now it is #facebook

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Adoption by Facebook makes hashtags a more potent marketing tool, argues Tim AndersonTwitter hashtags began in 2007, invented by open-standards evangelist Chris Messina, who was inspired by similar tags on Flickr and, before that ,channels on IRC (internet relay chat). Messina called them tag channels and the idea was to...
Now it is #facebook

Serendipity Isn't A Use Case

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When I started formulating the idea for my current startup, Roamz, the vision for the company was serendipitous discovery of the things happening around you. I imagined that we’d say to people “Want serendipity? Great download our app” and they’d respond “Yeah sure I was just looking for some serendipity”....
Serendipity Isn't A Use Case

Tom Preston-Werner: If you only hire in the Valley, you don't have the best talent

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I always love when a member of the audience asks our guest a more insightful question than I do. It takes a village, people! Last night, one of our attendees asked GitHub’s CEO and co-founder Tom Preston-Werner about how he runs GitHub as a distributed company. You could see...
Tom Preston-Werner: If you only hire in the Valley, you don't have the best talent

Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning's Airtime: check back in three months

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Latest social app by the Napster whiz-kids launched in New York at a bug-ridden event, but hopes for app's success remain highThe latest app from Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning launched in New York on Tuesday at an event as studded with celebrities as it was with technical...
Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning's Airtime: check back in three months

3 million downloads on, Triposo now taps Facebook Events to help you experience a city like a local

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Berlin-based Triposo released updated mobile travel guides for iOS a little over a month ago, serving up information and maps for more than 8,000 destinations globally, including 5,000 small towns across America. Created by ex-Googlers, and with three million downloads already under its belt, Triposo has rolled out another big...
3 million downloads on, Triposo now taps Facebook Events to help you experience a city like a local

Best Tech Events This Week (Startup Roundtable, Product Group, Village Tech Breakfast)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com. A few...
Best Tech Events This Week (Startup Roundtable, Product Group, Village Tech Breakfast)

Little Black Bag Raises $2.75M From GRP, Chamath P., David Tisch And Others

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There is something to be said about the serendipity of shopping in a brick and mortar stores, especially when you’re buying fashion. The dilemma with clothing is that you don’t know what you’ll like until you get to the store and are presented with an array of options, and that...
Little Black Bag Raises $2.75M From GRP, Chamath P., David Tisch And Others

Barack Obama Spends Hours On His iPad After Michelle Goes To Bed

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Barack Obama stays up for three hours surfing the internet on his iPad and watching sport on television after his wife has gone to bed, it has emerged. Despite leading the free world and fighting for re-election, the US president disclosed that he has an evening routine with his wife,...
Barack Obama Spends Hours On His iPad After Michelle Goes To Bed

Samsung Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone 4S as smartphone sales champ for Q3 2012

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The Galaxy S III has overtaken the Apple iPhone 4S for the first time ever to become the top selling smartphone for Q3 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung claimed the slot by shipped 18 million copies of its flagship handset during the quarter, compared to Cupertino's 16.2 million...
Samsung Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone 4S as smartphone sales champ for Q3 2012

Meet the Digital Camera That Lets You Travel Through Time

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BlackBerry's new camera is trying to change, one more time, what photography's all about. At the BlackBerry World conference yesterday, Vivek Bhardwaj introduced a new camera being developed for RIM's new product, the BlackBerry 10 -- one that allows users to detect faces and scroll through frames of the images...
Meet the Digital Camera That Lets You Travel Through Time

SideTour, New York’s peer-to-peer experience marketplace, unveils its new social platform

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Want to learn about New York’s best donuts or take a look at Brooklyn Treasury’s silkscreen studio? What about a tequila tour with legendary bartender Phil Ward? With SideTour, a peer-to-peer marketplace of marketable serendipity, you can do all that and more. The New York City based startup opens a window into someone’s world...
SideTour, New York’s peer-to-peer experience marketplace, unveils its new social platform

Highlight vs. Glancee at SXSW: Rolling with the serendipity

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At SXSW, CNET's Daniel Terdiman lets the people discovery apps lead him to new contacts who wax philosophical about whether the new genre of tools will really change how we interact. [Read more]...
Highlight vs. Glancee at SXSW: Rolling with the serendipity

[REVIEW] Can a Browser App Pop the Internet Filter Bubble?

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The Internet's ability to show us only what we want to see is notorious. We click things we like. Algorithms look at what we've clicked on and deliver more of the same. Author Eli Pariser called it the filter bubble: the sphere of agreeable viewpoints we find ourselves trapped in...
[REVIEW] Can a Browser App Pop the Internet Filter Bubble?

Why Gay Guys Love Using Grindr To Hook Up And Make Friends

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Joel Simkhai is gay, but has always felt like a hidden minority. As he roamed around town, he wondered: Who else is gay? How should he interact with them? "It was frustrating and I wanted an easier way to meet guys," he said, explaining the inspiration for his fast...
Why Gay Guys Love Using Grindr To Hook Up And Make Friends

Good Times app a winner for AT&T hackathon developer

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With app development, serendipity matters. Ruggero Scorcioni knows that better than almost anybody....
Good Times app a winner for AT&T hackathon developer

KLM's New Social Media-Based Seating Is Awesome (and Also: Awful)

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The good news: Social media can connect us in ways that were never before possible. The bad news: Social media can connect us in ways that were never before possible. Facebook and its fellow networks always offer trade-offs -- between privacy and publicness, between the comforts of anonymity and the...
KLM's New Social Media-Based Seating Is Awesome (and Also: Awful)
Why a remote workforce is bad for startups
Founder Of Acclaim And Fellow Gaming Veterans Redesigns Group Video Chat As A Party Named Rabbit
Roamz Brings Its Local Social Search Engine To The Web

At SXSW, Joi Ito Invites Tech Entrepreneurs Into the MIT Media Lab

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New MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito today invited a packed room at SXSW Interactive to take a more active role in the human-machine research group’s ongoing projects. Ito said he is undertaking a bit of a rebranding for the 25-year-old institution to better reflect the Internet age. Sponsors will...
At SXSW, Joi Ito Invites Tech Entrepreneurs Into the MIT Media Lab
Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning's Airtime Finally Launches Today (Interview)

Forget Paywalls – How About More Serendipity?

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If ChatRoulette does nothing else, at least it seems to be getting some traditional media outlets to think about their content differently. For Chris Thorpe of The Guardian, the lightbulb went on during a lunchtime presentation by media analyst Clay Shirky at the newspaper’s offices in London. Thorpe, a...
Forget Paywalls – How About More Serendipity?
Prismatic takes on Twitter in the race to build a better serendipity engine

Here's Highlight, The iPhone App Everyone In Silicon Valley Is Going Nuts For Right Now (AAPL)

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The latest app to catch the attention of the tech elite is Highlight, one of the newest efforts backed by Michael Arrington's CrunchFund and other big-name investors. It's built on a super-simple premise: leave Highlight running while you're out and about and it will tell you when your friends...
Here's Highlight, The iPhone App Everyone In Silicon Valley Is Going Nuts For Right Now (AAPL)
The Best (and Worst) Marketing Gimmick in Austin
StumbleUpon Gets NFC Sharing & More On Android; Rolls Out New UI Across Platforms
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