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  • DIY SEO Startup BrandYourself Has Nearly 6,000 Sign-Ups

    DIY SEO Startup BrandYourself Has Nearly 6,000 Sign-Ups

    BrandYourself made the famous startup pivot earlier this month, and now it’s sharing some data about the initial results. The company started out as a way for people to control the impression they made online, both through search results and on social networks. It even recommended articles that you could read and share in your chosen subject area. Co-founder and CEO Patrick Ambron says… Read More

  • Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

    Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

    The episode and transcript of the This American Life episode retracting Mike Daisey’s piece about Apple and Foxconn are now live. If this is an issue you care about, you should listen to the whole thing. As host Ira Glass announced yesterday, the show found “significant fabrications” in the story, to the point where “we can’t vouch for its truth.” For… Read More

  • Video Site DramaFever Raises $4.5M, With Backing From YouTube Co-Founder

    Video Site DramaFever Raises $4.5M, With Backing From YouTube Co-Founder

    DramaFever wants to build a site where North American audiences can watch TV from around the world, and it has won the support of some key figures from YouTube’s past. The company just announced that it has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by MK Capital, a firm whose portfolio also includes Movieclips and popular gaming video site Machinima. YouTube’s… Read More

  • “Social Ideation” Startup AHHHA Turns Users’ Ideas Into Real Products

    “Social Ideation” Startup AHHHA Turns Users’ Ideas Into Real Products

    You know those random ideas for new inventions that occasionally pop into your head? The ones you never do anything with? A startup called AHHHA wants to help you turn them into actual products — and about a little more than a year after launching, its announcing the first four “AHHHAs” (i.e., “aha!” moments) that it’s commercializing. The AHHHA idea… Read More

  • Dogster Gets A SAY Media Makeover

    Dogster Gets A SAY Media Makeover

    SAY Media launched a redesigned version¬†yesterday of Dogster, its community for dog owners, as well as sister site Catster. Via email, the team gave me more details about their vision and where they go from here. SAY was created after video ad company VideoEgg acquired blogging platform Six Apart. Dogster was its first acquisition, and since then SAY¬†been redesigning or launching sites as… Read More

  • Twitter To Musicians: Share Tweet-Friendly Media, And Skip The Publicists

    Twitter To Musicians: Share Tweet-Friendly Media, And Skip The Publicists

    As South by Southwest transforms from a massive tech party to a massive music festival, Twitter has unveiled Twitter for Musicians and Artists, a page offering tips on how musicians can use the service to connect with their fans. Even if you’re not a world-famous musician, many of the suggestions will be pretty familiar. (Use hashtags! Reply to your fans!) Perhaps the most interesting… Read More

  • With Artists.MTV, Musicians Will Take Over Their MTV Profiles

    With Artists.MTV, Musicians Will Take Over Their MTV Profiles

    MTV is handing musicians the new keys to a new website called Artists.MTV. Van Toffler, president of Viacom’s Music Group, was scheduled to announce the initiative during his speech at South by Southwest this afternoon. Beforehand, I got on the phone with VP of Digital Music Strategy Shannon Connolly to talk about MTV’s plans. She said Artists.MTV comes out of a larger discussion… Read More

  • SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    SEO Service BrightEdge Raises $12.6M

    BrightEdge, a startup that offers tools for large companies to manage their search engine rankings, has raised $12.6 million in a Series C round of funding. The round was led by new investor Intel Capital, with participation from existing backers Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures, and Illuminate Ventures. CEO Jim Yu says that brings BrightEdge’s total funding to a little more than $21… Read More

  • Tout’s Plans For Turning Video Status Updates Into A Business

    Tout’s Plans For Turning Video Status Updates Into A Business

    Since launching about a year ago, Tout has been used by celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Survivor host Jeff Probst to post short video status updates. Now co-founder and CEO Michael Downing is sharing some details about how the company has grown and where it goes from here. The Tout concept is pretty straightforward — users post video messages of up to 15 seconds. People… Read More

  • Austin City Limits Brings Its Concert Archive To The iPad

    Austin City Limits Brings Its Concert Archive To The iPad

    As South by Southwest Interactive is ending and the music festival is begins, there’s a new app offering a fans a chance to explore Austin’s musical history. The app is called ACL Archive, and it comes from Austin City Limits, the public television show that first started in 1976 to showcase live performances. I was actually a fan of the show when I was a teenager — or, as I… Read More

  • Walmart Announces Disc To Digital Program To Convert Your Old DVDs

    Walmart Announces Disc To Digital Program To Convert Your Old DVDs

    Walmart is about to make a big push for digital movie ownership. At a press conference today in Los Angeles, the company announced that, as rumored, it’s launching a new program called the Disc to Digital service. Starting on April 16, anyone can bring their DVD collection into a Walmart store, and copies of each movie will be loaded onto your account on Vudu, the online video service… Read More

  • Quattro Alums Launch Mobile Targeting Startup Adelphic, Raise $2M

    Quattro Alums Launch Mobile Targeting Startup Adelphic, Raise $2M

    Two mobile veterans who worked together at Quattro Wireless, the mobile ad network that formed the basis of Apple’s iAd program, are announcing a new company today called Adelphic Mobile. Jennifer Lum, who was the vice president of ad ops at Quattro, tells me that me that she teamed up with her Quattro colleague Changfeng Wang because they wanted to tackle some of the unsolved problems… Read More

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

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

    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, but Teare previewed it today at the South by Southwest Startup… Read More

  • Sean Parker: Defeating SOPA Was The “Nerd Spring”

    Sean Parker: Defeating SOPA Was The “Nerd Spring”

    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 way to fix it. “To the extent that these new mediums and new media are going to have a role in reforming… Read More

  • Social TV App Peel Adds Real-Time Cheering To American Idol

    Social TV App Peel Adds Real-Time Cheering To American Idol

    There are loads of startups trying to build a social TV experience that goes beyond checking in to your favorite TV shows. Now social TV app Peel is taking a stab at it, and it’s aiming at one show in particular: American Idol. Now, the Peel app (which, to be clear, is not officially connected to the show in any way) will provide a parallel experience as you watch. As each contestant… Read More

  • Crush Your March Madness Pool (And Win $100K) With numberFire

    Crush Your March Madness Pool (And Win $100K) With numberFire

    March Madness is about to start, and for many friends and co-workers, that means it’s betting time. This year, however, RRE Ventures-backed startup numberFire wants you to make those bets based on real data and math. The company just launched a new Facebook app called the March Radness Challenge. The problem, says CEO Nik Bonaddio, is that most people have no idea who’s going to… Read More

  • Gap Campaign Rethinks Old-School Bus Station Ads

    Gap Campaign Rethinks Old-School Bus Station Ads

    It’s not just startups that are trying to push what’s possible with mobile advertising — the Gap recently completed an ad campaign combining traditional transit ads with geo-fencing technology. Here’s how the campaign worked: The Gap worked with out-of-home ad company Titan to place ads at bus stops and other transit locations in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Read More

  • Cater2.me May Be Feeding Your Favorite Startup

    Cater2.me May Be Feeding Your Favorite Startup

    Startup Cater2.me is trying to answer one of the rarely-discussed challenges facing any company that wants to keep a large workforce happy — feeding them meals that aren’t boring. Cater2.me was founded in late 2010 and has already attracted some positive press attention. Now, its client list includes some startups worth bragging about, such as Yelp, Eventbrite, Tagged, Square… Read More

  • Mobcaster Crowdfunds Its First TV Season

    Mobcaster Crowdfunds Its First TV Season

    It’s famously difficult to get a TV show on the air — much less one that still matches your initial vision. That’s why startup Mobcaster has launched a new platform where creators can ask fans directly for the financial support needed to produce their shows. The startup just had its first funding success story — The Weatherman, an Australian-produced comedy about, yes… Read More

  • After Legal Scare, PinClout Becomes PinReach

    After Legal Scare, PinClout Becomes PinReach

    PinClout, the analytics service for Pinterest whose name prompted a cease-and-desist letter from Klout, has renamed itself as PinReach. Shortly after the service launched about two weeks ago, it received a letter from Klout’s attorney demanding that PinClout change its name because it was “confusingly similar.” When I spoke to co-founder Chris Fay last week, he said he… Read More