What You Should Read This Weekend

This week I read some interesting, some bizarre, some funny but mostly mind stimulating articles. Here is a short selection that includes a must read post about the rise of narrative in social networks and a fascinating presentation by graphic designer Nicholas Felton.

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Video Break: The Foursquare Rap

When fan-bois start making rap videos (however amateurish) about something, you know it is hot. Badges Like Us, a new video about FourSquare, the New York-based start-up shows why it is on its way to becoming a mobile phenomenon. Have a fun break this sluggish Friday.…

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A Personal Blippy + Foursquare + Last.fm = Strings

A service called Strings, which launched today, is trying to find and collect all the different ways you can track yourself online. Strings is not about socializing and sharing that information, like the Twitter-for-credit-cards Blippy, but about privately harnessing it.…

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Austin Still Pinning Its Hopes on Hardware Startups

Austin is still betting on hardware statups even as venture firms stop funding them. In a video interview with Bart Bohn, a director at the Austin Technology Incubator, we talk about where hardware startups can find funding, and which ones to watch in Austin.…

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Foursquare Teams With Zagat to Make Yelp Squeal

Foursquare is working with Zagat, HBO and other high-profile media brands to get a leg up on competitors like Gowalla and Yelp. The partnerships will provide valuable exposure and content as Foursquare tries to differentiate itself in the white-hot location-based social recommendation space.…

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Media-related Venture Activity Is in Bloom in NYC

New York is the capital of media, advertising, and finance, but historically Silicon Valley and Boston have overshadowed New York’s efforts to encourage and fund technology entrepreneurs. In the past two years, this has changed, especially when it comes to media-related ventures.…

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Location Meets News in Metro-Foursquare Deal

In one of the first marriages of news content and location-based services, the Canadian arm of the free paper Metro International has announced a content deal with Foursquare, the popular mobile location-based service, that will give users the ability to see local news and reviews.…

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GoWalla About to Pass the 100,000 User Mark

Gowalla, a location-based social application is about to pass 100,000 users, according to some of my sources. The company is going to hit the milestone sometime this weekend, having just crossed 99,000 users. In comparison, New York-based Foursquare is closing in on 300,000 users.…

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Yelp Fights Back Against Foursquare, Gowalla

Yelp is stepping up its game against Foursquare and Gowalla by adding "check-ins" by users to its reviews. But will be enough? Or will Foursquare and/or Gowalla make for a simpler user experience and therefore a significant competitive threat?…

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Will 2010 Finally Be the Year of Location?

For most of the first decade of the new century, we all waited for the emergence of location-based services. The LBS dream, it seemed, was always being deferred. Fast-forward to today -- in 2010 we'll see that mythical future become an actuality.…

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Winners at the Crunchies: DropBox, Foursquare, Facebook

Facebook and Zynga were among the winners at the Crunchies 2009 awards, held in San Francisco's Herbst Theater. The third annual award ceremony, co-hosted by TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOM, saw a mix of new and old technology companies share the limelight.…

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Foursquare Goes Global

Foursquare, the addictive and yet slightly creepy location-based status updater/mobile game, has gone global. When it first launched, users……

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Why MyTown Is Bigger Than Foursquare & Gowalla

Though services like Foursquare and Gowalla eat up techie mindshare, they still have very few users; something like 150,000 for Foursquare and 50,000 for Gowalla. However, an iPhone app called MyTown that also features a location-based check-in system game acquired 250,000 users within two weeks.…

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Twitter + Foursquare = Yelp R.I.P?

My search for a top-notch ramen joint returned quality recommendations from both Twitter (as to the restaurant) and Foursquare (as to actual menu items), all in near-real time. Which made me wonder if services like Yelp have a future in our increasingly always-connected world.…

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Why the Social Web Makes Local Reviews More Useful

Features like Foursquare's tips give us a glimpse of a useful and monetizable service where we can get valuable recommendations in real-time, via mobile access to reviews that are local, current, relevant, actionable and come from friends.…

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Everybody Loves Geo: Gowalla Adds $8.4M

Gowalla, maker of a 10-week-old geo-location app with some 50,000 users, said today it's raised $8.4 million in a second round of funding. The money will be used "to strengthen growth efforts and further enhance Gowalla’s development capability,” the Austin, Texas-based startup said in a release.…

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