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  • LinkedIn Steps Up Its AI Play, Turns Its Contacts App Into A New Connected App

    LinkedIn Steps Up Its AI Play, Turns Its Contacts App Into A New Connected App

    With 40% of LinkedIn‘s 300 million users accessing the social network for professionals via mobile devices, the company has been stepping up a gear on its mobile business, adding new apps around specific experiences like job hunting. Today comes the latest development on this front, a new app called LinkedIn Connected. Designed as the next generation of its Contacts app —… Read More

  • Twitterball

    Twitterball

    In the old days of Twitter — at least ‘old’ by Silicon Valley 2.0 standards, which is anything over five years — you could count on a couple of things. First, Twitter would go down almost every time people started really seriously using it. There’s a reason ‘fail whale’ is still part of our vocabulary. The second is that every time that there was a… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Sean Rad, the co-inventor of the hottest dating game in the land, will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 to chat about the success of Tinder and its plans for monetization. Tinder is also currently the subject of a lawsuit served by its former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe, which we have covered here. The app in its present iteration has been around since 2012, but… Read More

  • Ultratext Is A Simple GIF-Making App That Works With iMessage

    Ultratext Is A Simple GIF-Making App That Works With iMessage

    There’s nothing more obnoxious than texting someone who doesn’t respond (at least somewhat) promptly. And their excuse? “Sorry, I didn’t see your text!” Ha, no more, my so-called friends, no more! A new app called Ultratext will help get their attention by letting you easily create colorful, flashing GIF messages you can quickly send via iMessage. Read More

  • Germany’s Stunning World Cup Win Over Brazil Is The Most-Tweeted Sports Game Ever

    Germany’s Stunning World Cup Win Over Brazil Is The Most-Tweeted Sports Game Ever

    For a long time yesterday, I couldn’t see any tweet in my regular feed that wasn’t in some way linked to the Germany/Brazil semifinal World Cup match – and apparently, I wasn’t alone. The devastating 7-1 victory by Germany was the most activity around a single sports game on Twitter ever (via THR), surpassing the Super Bowl from earlier this year. Read More

  • Amino Raises $1.65M To Replace Old-School Forums With Mobile Communities

    Amino Raises $1.65M To Replace Old-School Forums With Mobile Communities

    Amino, a TechStars-incubated startup that’s building mobile communities around topics like anime and Doctor Who, is announcing that it has raised $1.65 million in seed funding led by Union Square Ventures. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson told me that his engagement with “passionate niche interests” goes back to when he was a teenager and excited about robots, but not sure how… Read More

  • With LocalMaven, Businesses Can Pay “Mavens” To Promote Their Deals

    With LocalMaven, Businesses Can Pay “Mavens” To Promote Their Deals

    Startup LocalMaven says it’s making things easier for businesses that want to use plain old cash to encourage word-of-mouth referrals. Founder and CEO Arnon Rosan comes from the events business, where he said he was frustrated that there was no good way to track or reward friendly referrals. For example, he said he might recommend a tent company to a friend, but he’d have no… Read More

  • Pinterest Steps Outside Its Walled Garden With New Animated Follow Button For Brands

    Pinterest Steps Outside Its Walled Garden With New Animated Follow Button For Brands

    Pinterest, the image-based social network now riding on a $5 billion valuation and 60 million monthly active users (per comScore), has been making a lot of moves to improve how people discover and navigate content on its own site. Today it unveiled an updated, animated Follow pin that it hopes will be used to snag more users when they are somewhere else on the net. Read More

  • The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The Federal Aviation Administration is formally deliberating on whether amateur pilots can use apps and websites to trade extra seats on flights they’ve planned in exchange for gas money. Amateur pilots aren’t allowed to profit from flying passengers, but several startups like Flytenow have set up private plane ridesharing sites, akin to Zimride for the sky. Now, one startup… Read More

  • Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Everyone knows the endorsements on LinkedIn are gamed and can often be an inaccurate reflection of someone’s business reputation. I get endorsed for the dumbest things unrelated to journalism for instance. That’s at one end of the ‘endorsement graph’ if you will. At the other end might be the quick ‘judgment’ based on first impressions you might find on Tinder. Read More