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As part of the company’s continuing attempts to move beyond the “check-in,” Foursquare has announced a partnership with the app RunKeeper that allows users to win badges based on a range of achievements, and Foursquare’s CEO says the company is also testing a recommendation service. Read more »

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LinkedIn has agreed to acquire ChoiceVendor, a startup that allows companies to rate and review business-to-business service providers. The acquisition appears to be designed to improve LinkedIn’s ability to offer recommendations and other social features to its members and the companies that use the social network. Read more »

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So you want to “crowdfund” a project? How much should you ask people for? What kind of time frame should you be looking at? Kickstarter, a crowdfunding startup aimed at creative professionals, recently went through data on its successful projects and came up with some recommendations. Read more »

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Reports about a secret meeting in San Francisco where “super-angels” discussed ways of fighting back against mainstream venture capital funds and holding down startup valuations has sparked some strong reactions, including responses from angel investors Dave McClure and Chris Yeh, as well as VC Fred Wilson. Read more »

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A new study being released in Britain today says that access to the Internet, and especially to social networks such as Facebook, can improve people’s level of happiness — particularly the well-being of women, those from a lower-income background and those with lower levels of education. Read more »

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Many different services are going after the location market, but Locationary founder Grant Ritchie says much of the information in the databases they use is flawed or inaccurate, and none of the services talk to each other. His company rewards users for providing updated location information. Read more »

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Internet Brands, which operates hundreds of leading vertical service-oriented websites such as Cars.com and UltimateCoupon.com and was spun off from Idealabs in a public stock offering three years ago, has agreed to be acquired by Hellman and Friedman Capital, a private equity firm, for $640 million. Read more »

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There are plenty of companies and services devoted to helping people manage the ocean of information that flows through the web, but there aren’t that many focusing on trying to help businesses manage the information flow in their specific industries. That’s the market Eqentia is pursuing. Read more »

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Do you know what kind of information your Twitter apps are collecting? According to Mike Champion, VP of engineering at app directory Oneforty, the way that Twitter handles user permissions means that you could be giving those apps access to plenty — including your private messages. Read more »

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Twitter needs to become more decentralized and open, says the company’s former chief engineer, or it will wither and die like other “walled garden” approaches to the web. Alex Payne says he recommended that Twitter become a more open platform, but senior executives decided against it. Read more »

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The creators of a software project called Haystack claimed their software would allow Iranian dissidents to surf the web anonymously by encrypting their activity and hiding it among other web traffic, but the project has been shut down after security analysts said these claims were false. Read more »

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Primal, which launched at the DEMO conference today, thinks its content-publication service has something extra: Its semantic tools allow publishers to create an entire site of inter-related webpages around a topic automatically. Unfortunately, this could be very useful for spammers as well as regular content publishers. Read more »

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The woes of the traditional media industry have fuelled concerns that traditional offline news sources are being replaced by online sources. But a new study by the Pew Center has found that online news consumption has actually increased as more people go online for their news. Read more »

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Hewlett-Packard has agreed to buy security software maker ArcSightfor $1.5 billion in cash, as the computer giant tries to expand the range of services it offers corporate clients. ArcSight’s software is used by companies and governments to track and identify suspicious activity on corporate networks. Read more »

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DataSphere Technologies, which has developed a hyper-local news and advertising software platform for content publishers, today announced that it has closed a $10-million Series C financing round led by OVP Venture Partners and will be using the funds to expand its operations into more local communities. Read more »

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Kno, a California-based startup that plans to launch a two-screen “digital textbook” later this year, today announced that it has raised a $46-million financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital also participating in the debt and equity funding. Read more »

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Hunch.com co-founder and angel investor Chris Dixon has some advice for big venture capital firms: Try to think more like, and behave more like, the startup companies you invest in. That includes cutting down on excessive management fees and not tweeting about your golf game. Read more »

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Hewlett-Packard is suing its former chairman and CEO, Mark Hurd, alleging breach of contract and potential misappropriation of trade secrets. Hurd left the company last month, after allegations that he was involved in a number of improprieties related to a human resources consultant the company hired. Read more »

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As Twitter focuses on building up its own services and applications, financing for pure-play Twitter-based startups has dropped sharply, according to CB Insights. The investment-tracking firm says figures show funding for Twitter apps and services has fallen by more than 50 percent over the past year. Read more »

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Facebook has started integrating social activity from the network into its search results, by showing how many people “liked” or shared a page. This is the first step in rolling out the network’s social-search engine, which could become a competitive threat for Google and other companies. Read more »

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