social

  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone relaunches Jelly as a human-powered search engine

    Calling it an “un-pivot,” Biz Stone is bringing back Jelly, the Q&A app he created in 2013. Launching today, the new and improved Jelly remains close to its roots, but with an added twist. This time, everything is anonymous so you can ask what you really want to know. Referring to the new Jelly an “on-demand search engine,” Stone said that one lesson he learned… Read More

  • Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Mindie does with soundtracks what Instagram did with filters: It makes boring imagery interesting. And with the insane amount of video that teens are sharing, the music-video-making app seemed too useful to die when its creators shut down Mindie in December. So Mindie’s technology is getting dug out of its grave thanks to an acquisition by Shots, the selfie app turned comedy feed backed… Read More

  • Under Armour Snatches Up Health And Fitness Trackers Endomondo And MyFitnessPal

    Under Armour Snatches Up Health And Fitness Trackers Endomondo And MyFitnessPal

    Endomondo, a social fitness network and publisher of mobile apps that allow users to track their workouts and challenge friends, and health tracker MyFitnessPal have been acquired by athletic apparel maker Under Armour, the company announced this afternoon. Endomondo was bought for a purchase price of $85 million and MyFitnessPal was bought for $475 million. Read More

  • With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    StumbleUpon, an older web brand still best known for its content discovery service that helps introduce web surfers to new and interesting websites (or maybe for getting bought, then sold again, by eBay), is now taking a big step to make its app more relevant for the mobile era. In an update to the StumbleUpon iOS app out now, the company is introducing social chatting. The chatting aspect is… Read More

  • Telenav Copies Foursquare’s Swarm With New Social App, HopOver

    Telenav Copies Foursquare’s Swarm With New Social App, HopOver

    Telenav’s name tends to be associated with mapping and personal navigation, but today the company is trying its hand at something a little more social with the launch of an iPhone app that lets you see what your friends are up to, and if they’re nearby. The app is called HopOver, as it allows you to invite friends to join you and hang out by creating a “Hop” – aka… Read More

  • Seahorse Lets You Collaborate With Friends To Build Lasting Photo And Video Albums, Shared Privately

    Seahorse Lets You Collaborate With Friends To Build Lasting Photo And Video Albums, Shared Privately

    A new mobile application launching today called Seahorse lets you create collaborative photo and video albums with friends and family, as well as ways to filter your past photos by time, place, or those you were with. The app, a fairly robust alternative to your smartphone’s default photo gallery, lets anyone add photos or videos to a shared “scene,” as these… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: WineQuake

    Gillmor Gang: WineQuake

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — woke up and fell out of bed in what was the most dramatic quake for most of us since ’89 and in my case LA in the ’70s. For the wine industry, this will have major impact, coming as it does as the Napa Valley goes to harvest what is called 25% of the US market. The major… Read More

  • OnStaged’s New Social Network Focuses On The Content, Not The Person Posting It

    OnStaged’s New Social Network Focuses On The Content, Not The Person Posting It

    Here’s a thought experiment embodied in the form of an iPhone application: what if a social network featured the content first, allowing friends and other community members to read and connect with the post itself, before getting to see who wrote it? That’s the premise behind newly launched OnStaged, an app which lets you post short updates and photos, which are not anonymous, but… Read More

  • Bitstrips Confirms $3M Series A From Horizons, Sees 30M Avatars Created In Two Months

    Bitstrips Confirms $3M Series A From Horizons, Sees 30M Avatars Created In Two Months

    The old thought experiment asks: If you could travel back in time to prevent someone’s birth who would be capable of great evil, would you do it? Admittedly, sometimes while browsing Facebook I wrestle with this myself when I think about Bitstrips and its founders Dorian Baldwin, Jacob Blackstock, Shahan Panth and David Kennedy. The social comic creation app makes for some truly… Read More

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