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500Friends Predicts And Rewards Big Retailers’ Most Valuable Customers

Not all customers are created equal — that’s the idea behind a new product from Y Combinator-backed loyalty startup 500Friends. The company already allowed businesses to reward customers for activity like referring friends, writing reviews, checking in on Foursquare, and so on. Recently, however, it released an enterprise product that does a lot more. CEO Justin Yoshimura says the new pro...

06 Jul 3:01 AM 0 Read More...

Ridejoy Will Roll Out Drivers’ License Verification, Re-Launch ‘BurningManRides’ On Tuesday

Seeking to stand out in a crowded field of questionably differentiable ride-sharing companies, Ridejoy will release digital identification verification for driver’s licenses and passports on Tuesday. They will also offer optional background checks and re-launch BurningManRides.com. “Safety is the biggest concern people have about ridesharing and collaborative consumption in general, and s...

06 Jul 2:27 AM 0 Read More...

Big Data Startup Clustrix Raises $6.75 Million From Sequoia And Others To Build Scalable Databases

Pretty much everyone nowadays is chasing after the opportunity to take a shit-ton of unstructured data, and well, structure it. That means taking huge databases and making them searchable. Which is exactly the business that Clustrix is in. The company was founded in 2005 and about two years ago, it launched a proprietary database appliance that provides SQL database functionality at like, lim...

06 Jul 1:27 AM 0 Read More...

Nielsen: Digital Music Sales Up 14% So Far This Year, On Pace To Set New Sales Record

Nielsen today announced its 2012 mid-year SoundScan numbers for the U.S. and the trends look pretty familiar: digital album sales were up 14% compared to the same time period last year and digital track sales were up 6%. Overall, music sales were up 6%, though overall album sales were down a little bit (-0.6%), as the sales numbers of physical CDs continues to drop. Still, Nielsen says CD alb...

05 Jul 11:55 PM 0 Read More...

Fab.com For The Mass Market: NoMoreRack Sees $46M In 2012 Revenue With No Outside Funding

eCommerce is going through a second revolution, and flash sales have become a big part of that story over the last two years. Sites like Gilt, Rue La La and Fab have been getting a lot of attention from both consumers and investors. Yet, while many flash sales sites focus on luxury products or fashion, NYC-based startup NoMoreRack is finding success by trying to give consumers the things they...

05 Jul 11:43 PM 0 Read More...

Seedrs Goes Live To Help Crowdfund The Gap In Idea-Stage Investing

Seed funding is difficult to raise in Europe. Often, very difficult. Though some might say that it should be when a company is only at the idea stage. But that’s a view that is in stark contrast with Silicon Valley, which is a constant complaint aired by the European entrepreneurs that I talk to. However, the situation in the UK at least could be about to get a whole lot better with the lau...

05 Jul 11:02 PM 0 Read More...

Index Shows iOS Programming Language Now In Top 3 As Mobile Development Booms

According to the TIOBE Index, Objective-C is now more popular than C++, showing proof that mobile development is surging ahead as we enter the post-PC era. Objective-C is the object-oriented programming language used by developers for iOS.  It had its start in 1983, the same year C++ was created.  C++ proved far more popular over the years. But in 1988, Steve Jobs changed the course of Obj...

05 Jul 10:15 PM 0 Read More...

Y Combinator-Backed Delight.io Lets Developers See What Beta Users Are Really Doing In Their Apps

Good developers are constantly trying to get feedback on the user experience and navigation of their apps, in an effort to improve them before launch. But few tools exist right now that allow them to do so, outside of just watching beta users over their shoulders. Delight.io was launched to solve that problem. By just adding a single line of code to their iOS apps, developers can now record u...

05 Jul 10:10 PM 0 Read More...

Tapjoy Looks Beyond Gaming, Brings Virtual Rewards To Popcornflix

Tapjoy is best known as a monetization service for mobile games, but the company is working to expand into other industries. Case in point — a just-announced partnership with movie-streaming site Popcornflix. Owned by Screen Media Ventures, Popcornflix allows its website visitors to watch movies (mostly independent titles that I haven’t heard of) for free. With the planned launch pf an An...

05 Jul 8:29 PM 0 Read More...

Olympus Yells “Me Too!” With The MEG4.0 Wearable Display Prototype

Watch out, Google. Here comes Olympus with the MEG4.0 and don’t dismiss this as a Google Glass knockoff. Olympus has been researching and developing wearable displays for more than 20 years. The MEG4.0 concept, and with that, its eventual production counterpart, has been a long time coming and could be a serious competitor in the space. Olympus made it clear in today’s announcement that t...

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