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  • Factual Place Rank Wants To Make Location Data More Relevant

    Factual Place Rank Wants To Make Location Data More Relevant

    Factual is a company that provides open data sets for developers, most notably its location data sets and APIs. The company just announced that it has added thousands of new locations to its U.S. point of interest sets, for a total of over 22 million places in the U.S and 62 million places around the world. Read More

  • TrackVia Raises $7.1 Million Series B To Democratize App Development

    TrackVia Raises $7.1 Million Series B To Democratize App Development

    TrackVia, a company that provides tools that enable non-coders to build simple web apps, announced today that it raised a series B round of funding Led by Longworth Venture Partners and Fairhaven Capital. Others participating in the round include Access Venture Partners, Flywheel Ventures, Draper Associates and Allen & Company. Read More

  • Social Task Manager Producteev Adds Document Collaboration

    Social Task Manager Producteev Adds Document Collaboration

    Competition in the social task/project-management market is heating up. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz’s startup Asana and Salesforce.com’s Do.com are some of the most visible players (see my previous coverage), but they’re not the only ones. Case in point: Producteev, which just added some new collaboration features via a partnership with Crocodoc. Read More

  • A Peek At Facebook’s Insanely Awesome Monitoring Tool Claspin

    A Peek At Facebook’s Insanely Awesome Monitoring Tool Claspin

    Facebook engineer Sean Lynch has built a mind-blowing, custom server-monitoring tool for the company that uses heat mapping to keep tabs on a huge number of servers at a glance. Lynch is part of the cache performance team at Facebook. When things go wrong he needs to know quickly whether problems are being caused by caching or something else. Off the shelf monitoring tools just weren’t… Read More

  • Salesforce.com To Announce Cross-Company Instant Messaging For Chatter

    Salesforce.com To Announce Cross-Company Instant Messaging For Chatter

    Salesforce.com will announce new features for its “Facebook for enterprise” service Chatter this week at its annual Dreamforce conference. CEO Marc Benioff already revealed during his TechCrunch Disrupt fireside chat that the company is adding a Box/Dropbox-style file-sharing system called ChatterBox. Now I’m hearing from multiple sources that Chatter will also be getting… Read More

  • Patent Complaint Filed Against Rackspace For Hosting GitHub

    Patent Complaint Filed Against Rackspace For Hosting GitHub

    PersonalWeb and Level 3 Communications have filed patent complaint against Rackspace for hosting GitHub. Update: PersonalWeb has a history of suing large tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple. Update: Here’s Rackspace’s response. Read More

  • RIM Licenses Microsoft Tech For Bigger File Sizes On Flash Drives

    RIM Licenses Microsoft Tech For Bigger File Sizes On Flash Drives

    RIM has licensed the exFAT file system from Microsoft. This will enable BlackBerry devices to handle files larger than 4GB. Read More

  • MongoDB Maker 10Gen Closes Undisclosed Round From U.S. Intelligence Investors

    MongoDB Maker 10Gen Closes Undisclosed Round From U.S. Intelligence Investors

    10gen, the sponsor company of the open source NoSQL database MongoDB, today announced undisclosed investment from In-Q-Tel, a non-profit private equity and venture capital firm that invests in technologies deemed beneficial to the U.S. intelligence community. The typical investment from In-Q-Tel is rumored to be between $1 million and $3 million. Read More

  • Freshdesk Wants To Make Customer Service Fun With Game Mechanics

    Freshdesk Wants To Make Customer Service Fun With Game Mechanics

    Today Freshdesk announced Freshdesk Arcade, a new game mechanics system for its web-based help desk software. Freshdesk Arcade will award points based on several factors, including the amount of time it takes to close a ticket, whether an issue is resolved in one call, and customer satisfaction. Points can be tracked through internal leaderboards, and agents will be able to rise through… Read More

  • It’s Outage Week: Cloudflare Went Down This Morning

    It’s Outage Week: Cloudflare Went Down This Morning

    Apparently not wanting GoDaddy and GitHub to have all the outage fun this week, Cloudflare confirmed on Twitter that it had issues this morning. Some sites may still be experiencing issues. Read More

  • Dropbox Rewrote Its Entire Browser-Side Codebase In 1 Week

    Dropbox Rewrote Its Entire Browser-Side Codebase In 1 Week

    The engineering team at Dropbox re-wrote its browser-side codebase one week last July, according to a post on the Dropbox tech blog. The rewrite was done to translate all of its JavaScript into a language called CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is a language that compiles into JavaScript. It offers an alternative syntax that looks more like Python or Ruby, with the goal of enabling… Read More

  • Meet The Startups Bringing Online Dating Out Of The 90s

    Meet The Startups Bringing Online Dating Out Of The 90s

    Online dating is a huge business, but most dating sites are still stuck in the 90s. They don’t take advantage of developments in video and social networking, and they don’t have good mobile experiences. Here are a few startups I met at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that want to bring online dating into the modern era. Read More

  • Spestle Is CafePress For Seasoning Blends (Seriously)

    Spestle Is CafePress For Seasoning Blends (Seriously)

    When I read Spestle’s pitch for Startup Alley I thought it was either a prank or a goofy placeholder for a stealth startup: “Spestle lets you create custom seasoning & herb blends.” But Spestle is real and serious. It’s a service that enables you to create a custom seasoning blend, complete with your own packaging, and sell it online. When someone buys your spice… Read More

  • JavaScript Tops Latest Programming Language Popularity Ranking From RedMonk

    JavaScript Tops Latest Programming Language Popularity Ranking From RedMonk

    Industry analyst firm RedMonk published today its latest quarterly programming language popularity ranking. JavaScript came out on top, followed closely by Java, PHP, and Python. The rankings are based on data collected from the open source project host GitHub and the programming questions and answer site StackOverflow, a measurement invented by Drew Conway and John Myles White in 2010. Read More

  • GoDaddy Gives Downed Websites A Free Month Of Hosting

    GoDaddy Gives Downed Websites A Free Month Of Hosting

    Following its lengthy outage on Monday, hosting provider GoDaddy today sent an e-mail to customers containing a mea culpa and a credit good for one month of free service for each “active/published” site the customer hosts with GoDaddy. The e-mail also reiterated that the outage was due to internal network issues that corrupted DNS tables, and that no customer information was… Read More

  • Pagoda Box Is Easier Than Amazon Web Services, But More Customizable Than Heroku

    Pagoda Box Is Easier Than Amazon Web Services, But More Customizable Than Heroku

    I’ve had a sense for a while that infrastructure-as-a-service (like Amazon Web Services) and platform-as-a-service (like Heroku) are converging. Developers love the idea of using a PaaS to speed up provisioning and deployment, but don’t necessarily want to completely give up control of their environments. One sign of this convergence is Pagoda Box, a PaaS that provides a deeper… Read More

  • Kinobi Will Use Kinect To Teach You Yoga, Dancing Or Maybe Even Surgery

    Kinobi Will Use Kinect To Teach You Yoga, Dancing Or Maybe Even Surgery

    The web makes it easy to find instructional videos on practically any topic. There are 18,600,000 search results for “how to” on the site at the moment. Obviously not all of them are relevant, but that’s a staggering number. But if you’re trying to learn a physical skill — like dancing, yoga or martial arts — how can you tell if you’re doing the… Read More

  • Google Chose Do.com Instead Of Asana To Get Stuff Done

    Google Chose Do.com Instead Of Asana To Get Stuff Done

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said that Google chose to use his company’s productivity app Do.com over Asana, which was founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Googler Justin Rosenstein. Read More

  • How Pissed Are GoDaddy Customers About Yesterday’s Outage?

    Yesterday popular hosting provider GoDaddy suffered a major, multi-hour outage that the company claims was due to an internal network error (and not a DDoS attack by a member of Anonymous). GoDaddy reportedly handles millions of domain names so the outage affected a massive number of people, many of whom turned to Twitter to find information and to vent. Twitter search and analytics company… Read More

  • Blue Jeans Network Brings Its Video Conferencing Software To Salesforce.com

    Blue Jeans Network Brings Its Video Conferencing Software To Salesforce.com

    Cross-platform video conferencing company Blue Jeans Network announced today that it will integrate with Salesforce.com. Blue Jeans developed a cloud-hosting video conference service that makes it possible for people using different video conferencing and telepresence systems to talk to each other. So far it works with products from Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize and others, as well as software… Read More