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TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.2M

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TastemakerX, an about-to-launch startup that will help music fans get credit for discovering the next big thing, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding. The company plans to launch its mobile app in early March, at South by Southwest — which seems perfect, given the event’s strong representation from...
TastemakerX, The App For Hipsters Who Totally Heard That Band First, Raises $1.2M

Does it help the homeless to turn them into a Wi-Fi hotspot? | John Bird

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The idea of homeless people as hotspots is unpalatable until you consider the opportunity for them to become content providersTurning homeless people into internet hotspots, as they're doing at the South by Southwest Festival (SxSW) in Texas this week, has a certain ring of familiarity to it. A woman who...
Does it help the homeless to turn them into a Wi-Fi hotspot? | John Bird

The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi

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Logo Courtesy BBH Labs It sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia. But it’s absolutely real — and a completely problematic treatment of a problem that otherwise probably wouldn’t be mentioned in any of the panels at South by Southwest Interactive. Homeless Hotspots is “a charitable experiment”...
The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi
Blurtt Wants You To Express Yourself With Mobile Memes

SXSW In A Nutshell: Homeless People As Hotspots

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South By Southwest 2012 can be summarized thusly: An impossibly-named marketing company called Bartle Bogle Hegarty is doing a little human science experiment called Homeless Hotspots. It gives out 4G hotspots to homeless people along with a promotional t-shirt. The shirt doesn't say, "I have a 4G hotspot." It says,...
SXSW In A Nutshell: Homeless People As Hotspots

Twitter: An Increasingly Great Platform For Instagram

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Twitter has been working hard over the last year to make photo sharing a core part of its product. It took over the photo-hosting role from third parties and gained deep new integration with Apple’s iOS, among other initiatives. But there’s also a big new winner coming up on top of...
Twitter: An Increasingly Great Platform For Instagram
Storify Brings Drag-And-Drop Social Curation To The iPad

Mystery music app TastemakerX nails down a $1.8M funding round pre-launch

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It hasn’t even launched yet, but TastemakerX has already sealed a reasonable deal to lock in funding from Silicon Valley investors. Now that’s what we call rock n’ roll. The social-mobile-music app raised a $1.8 million chunk of change for its first round of institutional funding. Investors include Baseline Ventures,...
Mystery music app TastemakerX nails down a $1.8M funding round pre-launch

CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200m

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Global news network said to be in advanced talks to buy the social media news website founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005CNN is on the verge of buying social media news website Mashable for "upwards of $200m", according to reports.The global news network, which is owned by Time Warner, is...
CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200m

Instagram, One Of The Biggest Threats To Facebook, Has 27 Million Users

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Instagram founder Kevin Systrom announced at South by Southwest that the photo-sharing service has surpassed 27 million registered users, reports TechCrunch. Speaking yesterday, he said, "Out of all the users who have been active in the past week, 67% of them were active yesterday." He called it Facebook-level engagement,...
Instagram, One Of The Biggest Threats To Facebook, Has 27 Million Users
Trey Ratcliff On The Rise Of Social Photography [TCTV]
American Express transforms Twitter hashtags into savings for cardholders

Instagram for Android coming soon, ‘better than iPhone app’

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During the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger of Instagram teased the company’s long awaited Android app. During an interview with TechCrunch, the duo said that an Android version of the app is coming “really soon.” Systrom briefly showed the app running on his...
Instagram for Android coming soon, ‘better than iPhone app’
Does SXSW Still Matter?

CNN to buy Mashable for around $200 million, report

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Rumors of the potential acquisition becomes talk of the town aat South by Southwest conference [Read more]...
CNN to buy Mashable for around $200 million, report

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

Just.me Wants To Be The Go-To Social App On Your Phone

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Keith Teare, co-founder of TechCrunch and partner at incubator Archimedes Labs, isn’t thinking small when it comes to his new project Just.me — he says that it’s “asking and answering the question of what would happen if the phone was upgraded to be truly social.” The app hasn’t launched yet,...
Just.me Wants To Be The Go-To Social App On Your Phone
Apple set to unveil iPad 3 on March 7

Sean Parker: Defeating SOPA Was The “Nerd Spring”

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You might not often connect Al Gore and Sean Parker, but the pair took the stage together this afternoon at South by Southwest, and they made similar points — that the democratic system has been broken by a flood of special interest money, and that the Internet could be the...
Sean Parker: Defeating SOPA Was The “Nerd Spring”
How Forest Whitaker Wants to Crowdsource Filmmaking [TCTV]
A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work

Meet The 17 Lucky Employees And Investors Behind $1 Billion Instagram

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Instagram was acquired by Facebook today for $1 billion in cash and stock. It only has 13 employees. If all employees had equal shares (they didn't), that'd be $76.9 million per worker. Meet 11 of the lucky employees and 5 investors behind Instagram. Two other employees were hired during...
Meet The 17 Lucky Employees And Investors Behind $1 Billion Instagram

Printed poster plays music clips

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Posters that play music via printed circuits formed with conductive ink are being demonstrated at the South By Southwest Show in Texas, USA....
Printed poster plays music clips

What Is the Point of... #Hashtags?

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Whenever a new Web trend 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...
What Is the Point of... #Hashtags?

gTar iPhone guitar hands-on

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When we first caught word of the gTar, it was a bit of a mystery, with an online presence amounting to little more than a low-res press shot, an enigmatic YouTube teaser and assorted specs coming out of South By Southwest and various investor sites. This week, however, brings...
gTar iPhone guitar hands-on
Instagram for Android now available in the Google Play store

Publicate: Think of it as the portfolio for all of your creative content

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South by Southwest. It’s undoubtedly one of the largest technology gatherings in the United States, full of promising young startups hoping to make a name for themselves. But little did I know that I’d be sharing a house with a guy named Chris Bradley who has developed one of the...
Publicate: Think of it as the portfolio for all of your creative content

Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?

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The partners behind a one-time "next big thing" go to South by Southwest to win back the adoration of the tech world--and figure out how to make their partnership work.Last summer, Turntable.fm set techie hearts pounding: Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein, co-founders of a struggling start-up called Stickybits, had pulled...
Turntable.fm: Where Did Our Love Go?
How The Karma App Makes Gift-Giving Slick And Social [TCTV]

Glancee To Release Big SXSW Update With Past Encounters, More Location And More Android

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Let’s say you want to use your phone to find interesting new people or reconnect with nearby friends — without revealing your exact location. Glancee is the app for you, particularly if you’re an Android user. And the polished competitor to Highlight is getting a big update today, ahead of South...
Glancee To Release Big SXSW Update With Past Encounters, More Location And More Android
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