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The makers of Tweetbot, one of the most popular third-party Twitter clients, have debuted Netbot, an app built for Dalton Caldwell’s App.net platform. The addition of Netbot serves as validation that Caldwell’s model could take off in challenging the business model of ad-supported platforms like Twitter. Read more »

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1000memories, the YCombinator-launched photo company, will be acquired by Ancestry.com, the two companies will announce Wednesday. The startup will allow Ancestry.com members to digitize old family photos and upload them to family trees or ancestor profiles, complimenting the family history website. Read more »

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MoveEye aims to revolutionize the tv remote control process, getting rid of items like keyboards and mice by using Google-esque glasses and software to let consumers direct their television or computer screens with remote hand gestures. The company has patents pending but isn’t commercially available. Read more »

Dalton Caldwell

Dalton Caldwell has been shaking things up with his App.net platform, capitalizing on developer frustration with Twitter’s API platform to build an open developer ecosystem. But under a new system for paying developers, Caldwell shows he’s also taking chances on the business model itself. Read more »

The future is bright for mobile payment company Square, which as COO Keith Rabois noted Friday is not only taking off with a Starbucks partnership that will bring its technology to stores across America, but with a popular product that sells itself through in-store presence. Read more »

For the co-founders of mobile web darling Instagram, they might never have anticipated the kind of success they see now, with over 5 billion photos uploaded to the service. At GigaOM’s Mobilize conference Thursday, co-founder Mike Krieger advised startups to focus on doing one thing well. Read more »

Dave McClure introduces the startups at 500 Startups demo day.

Looking to join the 500 Startups fall accelerator batch? The group has now opened its application process, allowing founders to apply through AngelList, making the process for joining up easier than ever. The applications will be open through Sept. 23. Read more »

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