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  • Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

    Playdom Says Marvel Superheroes Are Super Viral (Among Men)

    Social game-maker Playdom officially launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Thursday, and executive producer Chia Chin Lee says the title is already disproving some of the common assumptions about social games. The big assumption: that men don’t like to share their activity in social games the way that women do. That could be a problem for Avengers Alliance, since a game about… Read More

  • MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe Explains SGN’s New Name, Multi-Platform Plans

    MySpace Co-Founder Chris DeWolfe Explains SGN’s New Name, Multi-Platform Plans

    MindJolt, the gaming company led by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, recently announced that it’s changing its name to the Social Gaming Network. DeWolfe spoke to me earlier this week about the name change, and about his plans for the coming year. The new company name may sound familiar, because MindJolt actually acquired SGN last year. (SGN founder Shervin Pishevar is now a… Read More

  • Twitter Has (At Least) Three New VPs

    Twitter Has (At Least) Three New VPs

    It looks like Twitter has promoted three of its directors. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment for this story, but the promotions aren’t exactly a secret. Both Elad Gil (pictured) and Joel Lunenfeld have updated their LinkedIn profiles to reflect their new titles — vice president of corporate strategy and vice president of global sales strategy, respectively. Gil joined… Read More

  • Unified Opens An Online University For Social Media Marketers

    Unified Opens An Online University For Social Media Marketers

    There are few terms more overused these days than “social media expert.” Now Unified wants to actually certify those experts, through a new program called Unified University. Unified calls itself “the first social operating platform” — it offers tools for planning, purchasing, and analyzing social media advertising campaigns. Even though CEO Sheldon Owen says he… Read More

  • Rewards Network Kiip Goes Self-Serve, Announces $100K Developer Fund

    Rewards Network Kiip Goes Self-Serve, Announces $100K Developer Fund

    Kiip is making a big effort to recruit independent game developers today — it’s launching the self-serve version of its advertising platform, and it has also created a $100,000 fund to help developers build and market their Kiip-integrated games. The startup has always pitched its rewards (such as free Pop Chips or Amazon Gift Cards) as a smart alternative to traditional mobile… Read More

  • Graphicly Opens Publishing Platform To Everyone, Looks Beyond Comics

    Graphicly Opens Publishing Platform To Everyone, Looks Beyond Comics

    After a month long trial period, startup Graphicly is throwing the doors open to its digital publishing platform. Since incubating at TechStars in 2009, Graphicly has shifted strategy. Co-founder and CEO Micah Baldwin says the company was first conceived as an “iTunes for comics” — the place where existing comics publishers could sell the digital versions of their titles. Read More

  • News.me Is Building A News Social Network Within Its New iPhone App

    News.me Is Building A News Social Network Within Its New iPhone App

    News.me, the news service developed in The New York Times’ R&D labs and incubated at betaworks, is launching its iPhone app today. A bit unusually, the part of the app that you’ll use first may actually be the least interesting. In some ways, the new app is just a redesign of what News.me was already offering through its iPad and email products — a list of news… Read More

  • BumeBox Threw eBay A Social Media Party And 14M People Saw It

    BumeBox Threw eBay A Social Media Party And 14M People Saw It

    Startup BumeBox throws social media “parties to help brands engage with their customers. Its latest success story: eBay. Not that you actually need BumeBox to engage fans on social networks, but the service helps put together special, limited-time events, which can then be aggregated and embedded — so fans could participate directly on Twitter, or they could jump into the… Read More

  • Ben Parr’s “Intelligent Information” Startup Is Called The Peep Project (For Now)

    Ben Parr’s “Intelligent Information” Startup Is Called The Peep Project (For Now)

    Former Mashable editor-at-large Ben Parr is ready to share a few details about his new startup. He’s raising a small seed round, so he created a posting on AngelList, and he also talked (vaguely) with me about what he’s been up to. The company is listed as The Peep Project, but it sounds like that’s just a temporary stealth name. The listing describes the product as… Read More

  • Analytics Startup Mixpanel Is Tracking 4 Billion Actions Each Month — And It’s Cash-Flow Positive

    Analytics Startup Mixpanel Is Tracking 4 Billion Actions Each Month — And It’s Cash-Flow Positive

    Mixpanel, the analytics startup backed by Sequoia Capital, hasn’t yet succeeded in its goal of unseating established analytics services like Omniture — but momentum is building. Let’s start with the biggest number that co-founder Suhail Doshi shared with me this week. He says the company is now tracking 4 billion actions every month. Back in July 2010, that number was… Read More

  • Tasted Menu Takes On Foodspotting With New iPhone App

    Tasted Menu Takes On Foodspotting With New iPhone App

    The team behind startup Tasted Menu thinks it has the technology to help you find the exact dish you’re looking for. The company is launching its iPhone app today (its website was already live), and it’s also expanding from its hometown of Boston into Austin — just in time for South by Southwest. Of course, there’s already a popular iPhone app for food… Read More

  • Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO

    Self-Improvement Marketplace Betterfly Raises $1.5M, Gets A New CEO

    Looks like it’s self-improvement time for Betterfly, a startup that, as the name suggests, allows users to “better themselves” by signing up for classes on everything from belly dancing to web design. The company just announced that it has raised a $1.5 million Series A from previous investor Lightbank, the Chicago firm created by Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric… Read More

  • Liveblogging Facebook’s Marketing Keynote

    Liveblogging Facebook’s Marketing Keynote

    Facebook is holding a big event for advertisers today in New York, which it’s calling the fMC (Facebook Marketing Conference). Executives Sheryl Sandberg, Chris Cox, David Fischer, and Mike Hoefflinger are all scheduled to take the stage during the keynote address starting at 1pm Eastern — I’ll be liveblogging it here, while Josh Constine covers the big announcements in… Read More

  • NimbleCommerce Revamps Daily Deals For MediaNews Group

    NimbleCommerce Revamps Daily Deals For MediaNews Group

    Startup NimbleCommerce wants to become the daily deal platform for media companies (often the traditional ones that are struggling to make money online), and today it’s announcing a big customer — Digital First Media, which manages the MediaNews Group (the second largest newspaper chain in the United States) and the Journal Register Company. Altogether, Digital First says it reaches… Read More

  • Groupon Acqhires Uptake To Build Out Palo Alto Office

    Groupon Acqhires Uptake To Build Out Palo Alto Office

    Groupon is acquiring travel startup Uptake. Liz Gannes at AllThingsD broke the news. We spoke to a source with knowledge of the deal who confirmed the details of the AllThingsD report. The purchase price was apparently between $10 and $20 million. Read More

  • Ad.ly Founder Sean Rad Developing Location Product At Hatch Labs

    Ad.ly Founder Sean Rad Developing Location Product At Hatch Labs

    Mobile technology incubator Hatch Labs is announcing two new additions — Ad.ly founder Sean Rad (pictured) and former Apple employee Alan Tran. Describing itself as a “technology sandbox,” Hatch Labs was announced last year as a joint venture between IAC and Xtreme Labs. It has already launched several startups, including app monetization service Blu Trumpet. Read More

  • Millennial Media Aims For Smaller Advertisers with Self-Service Launch

    Millennial Media Aims For Smaller Advertisers with Self-Service Launch

    Mobile ad network Millennial Media says that it’s now making its self-service advertising product mMedia available to the general public. The company filed for an IPO last month with documents stating that it reached 200 million unique users in December 2011, and that it was nearly profitable (losing $417,000) in the first nine months of the year. Adding a self-serve option should expand… Read More

  • GraphScience Promises To Turn Facebook Commerce Into A Moneymaker

    GraphScience Promises To Turn Facebook Commerce Into A Moneymaker

    Whenever I hear brands talking about advertising on social networks, one of the most common questions is, “Well, what’s the actual return?” Now a startup called GraphScience says it has turned measuring and optimizing that return into, well, a science. The company is officially launching today, but it’s one of those startups that has been in stealth mode for a… Read More

  • Pinweel Launches Group Photo App, Wants Caterina Fake To Cut It Out With “Pinwheel”

    Pinweel Launches Group Photo App, Wants Caterina Fake To Cut It Out With “Pinwheel”

    Do you really need another photo-sharing app on your iPhone? The founders of a startup called Pinweel think you do — specifically, one that’s focused on group albums. I’ve been playing with Pinweel this morning, and I have to admit that it’s a good-looking app. There’s a simple, colorful interface, with nice touches like the fact that the photographer’s… Read More

  • YC-Backed Coderwall Wants To Be The Reputation System for Developers

    YC-Backed Coderwall Wants To Be The Reputation System for Developers

    If coders want to demonstrate their prowess, they can share code on GitHub, answer programming questions on sites like Stack Overflow and Quora, or just blog their thoughts and advice. What’s missing, however, is a site that aggregates all this activity — at least according Coderwall, which is part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator. Naturally, Coderwall… Read More