Foursquare, Gowalla Get the SxSW Bump

Geo-local services were the center of attention at South by South West. Thanks to all the hoopla, Foursquare and Gowalla, the two major competing geo-location services managed to snag tens of thousands of new subscribers. Both companies had released updates to their apps before the event.…

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The 3 Best Things I Saw at SXSW

“Location wars” between rival services, unmet expectations of the Twitter keynote and the hordes of newbies crowding out regulars were some of the leading threads at SXSW. But I saw three things I think showed us the way social technology will work in the near future.…

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SXSW: LikeCube Powers Recommendations for Locations

LikeCube combines metadata, user activity and personalization to help its clients, such as Qype, the European Yelp, recommend locations on a per-user basis. It works around the idea that the wisdom of the crowds isn't smart enough to find the right place for everybody.…

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SXSW: The Future Application Ecosystem

In a world of web-based services that depend on aggregating other data sources, your product will only be as strong as your weakest API call. We are seeing the emergence of new ecosystems of data built around cloud providers and popular APIs such as Twitter's.…

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Entrepreneurial Stereotypes on Display at SXSW

Picture a tech startup founder. Are they male, maybe around 27 years old, and a resident of Silicon Valley? Apparently that's what it takes to build a tech startup according to the explicit and implicit wisdom shared at the Seed Combinator's panel today at SXSW.…

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