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Ever watched one of those auction shows where the auctioneer talks a mile a minute, getting the audience worked up to bid on the featured product (art, car, cow, etc.)?  Meanwhile, some of the people in the audience stealthily lift their paddles to place a bid while others simply enjoy the spectacle of being a part of the action.

Auctions are gaining a new audience.  There are auctions for unclaimed storage spaces via A&E’s hugely popular show, Storage Wars, and auctions for lost luggage (don’t believe me, check out a preview of the upcoming show: Baggage Battles on The Travel Channel).

Well, for the rest of us, there is a brand new online auction service that combines all the thrills of the live auctions, with gamification features to keep things lively and social.  Introducing Outbid.com.

Unlike online auction sites like eBay, or penny auction sites based on hidden tricks that have frustrated bargain hunters, Outbid is filled with real people, making real bids, on really cool things.

o   Real-time transparency means bidders can chat with their competitors and see what they’re looking at or bidding on.

o   Sellers can either talk (via audio) or chat with bidders, just like at a live event.

o   Both sides earn rewards based on behaviors, like tabling a “Monster Bid’’ to leapfrog over the pack.

I could explain more, but here’s something more fun.  Go to outbid.com and check out the next upcoming auction (as of this writing, the Spring Extravaganza Auction is at 5pm PDT, Wednesday, April 4th).  Among the items up for bid is a brand new iPad 3 (okay, they’re really not called iPad 3, as Apple doesn’t use numbers on the iPad anymore, but anyway…).

Join in the auction – maybe I’ll see you there (and OUTBID you! hah! get it?!)

Time flies

Eek.  I just noticed that the last time I got around to blogging was January.  Time flies when you’re having fun.

We’ve been extra busy here at Consort:  new clients, new hires, and tons and tons of media engagement on behalf of our clients.

We’ve had some major coverage for some of our clients.

      • RelayRides was featured on The Today Show (thanks Matt Lauer!)
      • Gogobot was featured on CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg’s site
      • King.com appeared on The Financial Times, and there’s lots more to report.

We’ve been so busy that this blog is like the cobbler’s children: the old story goes “the cobbler was so busy fixing everyone’s shoes, so he didn’t have time to fix his own kids’ shoes.”  We’ve been writing, pitching, calling, and strategizing day and night, weekends and holidays, for our beloved clients.  So this little blog has had to take a time out.

I’m slowly coming back up for air, so I’ll try to share some of the exposure our clients have been enjoying lately.

The deadline to submit your application to be a part of the next i/o ventures startup program is Monday, January, 16th.

San Francisco-based i/o ventures is an early stage startup program that focuses heavily on mentorship. They work closely with founders from product launch through the next stage of company development, sharing what has proven to work for product scaling, revenue growth and fund raising.

They’re a great team so we recommend you check them out.

It’s that time of the year when you might be thinking about losing a couple of inches, or eating a bit healthier, or making that date-night promise a reality.  Well, sometimes a little peer pressure is the secret to accomplishing goals.  NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate spotlighted Astrid, the best social productivity app you’ll find for your smartphone.  Make a list of the things you want to do and invite your friends, colleagues, and/or family to give you props or smack downs.  I like to use it as a friendly reminder for my peeps.  Saves me from doing the dirty work and makes us all look good.  Give it a spin at Astrid.com or follow them at @weloveastrid

It was clear that Charles Jolley, CEO and co-founder of Strobe was onto something big.  His mission to create an HTML5 mobile app development platform that would enable developers to create apps instantly and easily accessible across multiple platforms and devices was hotly anticipated.  When the company opened the doors to a limited beta and allowed a few to take an early peak inside, they were flooded with requests for broader access.  Apparently, it wasn’t just developers who were eager to get their hands on Strobe.

Yesterday, Charles announced that the team had been acquired by Facebook to help the largest social network in the world create “innovative mobile experiences.”  It was a great pleasure and honor for us to work together with Strobe and we’ll continue to keep an eye on their progress.

A few stories emerged about the acquisition, as shown below.

While I’ve been trying to ramp up the running after coming from back-to-back Achilles injuries, it just wasn’t enough to keep the Consort team competitive in the Startup Challenge at Fleetly. A team of one against other teams with more than one was dragging us down. But today, Dominic and his mega miles joined in, bringing us up to first place! We also welcomed another team player, Emily J. Now if I can just coerce more of the team to join in… hmmm 😉

I’ve given props to King.com before in this blog, as they’ve been enjoying skyrocketing traffic with their new proprietary social games, like Bubble Witch Saga and Mahjong Saga, and that you can play on Facebook, the web, and on mobile devices.  This week, they had a lot of great news to share.

 

Here’s the summary:

  • King.com has surpassed one billion game plays per month
  • The company is one of the Top 10 Facebook Games Developers in the world (in fact, they are #4, surpassing Playdom, according to AppData)
  • A new office in San Francisco was opened, heralded by a welcoming 4.2 earthquake (we know how to make people feel welcome in the Bay Area)
  • A new mobile development studio in Romania
  • A hot new hire, Jong Woo, former President of Gamelab (best known for “Diner Dash” and “Jojo’s Fashion Show”)
Keep your eyes on King.com.  They’re on a roll and we’re very honored to be part of their winning team since 2006.

With more than 2.5 million downloads on Android, today Astrid brings its leading social productivity app to the iPhone.  Astrid lets you update your To Do lists via email, text and voice as it provides you with statistics on the whether your tasks are active, completed, inspiring others to finish a job or simply something you’ve supported with comments.

I’m so excited, as I can now use Astrid to gently poke and prod my peeps with Astrid’s playful reminders that will make the team smile as they get things done (I’m sure they’ll enjoy it more than my barrage of emails at all hours of the day and night).  You see, it’s one thing to set up your own to-do list.  But it’s another thing when you also rely on others to get things done.  Have you reviewed that press release yet?  Queued it up on PR Newswire?  Have you guys pitched the release to x, y, and z?  Now I can set up my list of To Do’s for the team and see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  Of course, the team can also see when I’ve been slacking off and falling behind on my list as well (hmmm, better make this post short as I gotta get back to my Astrid list…).

Astrid is backed by Google Ventures, Jump Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners and is available at www.astrid.com.  Follow them on Twitter at @weloveastrid.


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Calling all hustlers, hackers and entrepreneurs – you’re invited to the Fleetly Startup Challenge

While we all love working at a startup and enjoy trying to make a difference in the world, we know it’s challenging and sometimes all consuming. As Paul Graham said, “what a startup (bootstrapped or not) takes is 100% of your performance, not 100% of your time. And optimizing for performance means spending some time on maintenance.” So here’s our chance to get the startup community in shape, have a little competitive fun, and promote a good cause.

The details:

  • Competition runs from October 25th to December 15th
  • Register in teams of 2-6 people on Fleetly (if you’re bigger than that, make more teams)
  • Log all exercises and workouts for points
  • The team with the most points at the end wins $500 being given in their name to Right to Play, a charity that improves the lives of children in disadvantaged areas through the power of sport.

There are going to be a few extra prizes for the winners, as well as something for all the teams that pass a set threshold, (Fleetly is keeping that secret for now) so get out there do some push-ups and go for a run in the park before the snow starts falling.

Fleetly also would like to encourage everyone to help make that $500 donation turn into a $2,000 donation by adding to the prize money on our Right to Play fundraiser site, which you can link to through the challenge page. They know many startups are bootstrapped right now but this really is a great organization that is making a big difference in people’s lives.

Sign up your team now Fleetly Startup Challenge

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Last week, Beyonce’s baby bump announcement at the MTV VMAs bumped Twitter’s traffic up to a new record of 8,868 Tweets per second, illustrating the fact that TV is becoming increasingly social.

Google Ventures-backed social TV company, Miso, was on this trend before it was a twinkle in social media’s eye, as they had been working hard on the first social TV app synchronized to the viewing experience.

Launched in partnership with DirecTV, Miso’s app enables real-time social features that change based on what you’re watching.  Viewers can enjoy a seamless, live, second-screen experience as they can see what’s on TV, switch channels from their smartphone and connect with friends in a new way that makes TV watching even more social and more fun.

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Last week, Strobe lit up the social media airwaves when news broke they were giving away a limited number of access codes to their highly anticipated app delivery network, a one-stop shop that allows developers to create and manage HTML5-based web apps for smartphones, desktops and tablets from a single interface.  The Twitter-sphere in particular was aglow with requests to @Strobe for the access code, as developers quickly recognized the benefit of using Strobe’s platform to regain control over the way apps are built, published, monetized and managed.  Now the question of whether to go web app or native is dramatically simplified.  Just go Strobe.

Strobe is founded by Charles Jolley, a former JavaScript Frameworks Manager at Apple, where he worked on MobileMe and iCloud. He’s also the creator of the open source JavaScript framework, SproutCore, which powered Apple’s Web services.

Congratulations to the team at RelayRides, the world’s first neighbor-to-neighbor carsharing service – last week they announced that Shasta Ventures and sharing economy expert, entrepreneur and “The Mesh” author Lisa Gansky joined Google Ventures and August Capital in boosting the company’s total Series A.2 funding to $10 million.

RelayRides also announced they are expanding throughout San Francisco and Boston proper, enabling more people to choose access over ownership.

One of the key differences in RelayRides neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing service is that it not only provides a $1 million per transaction insurance policy to car owners, but also provides security technology to give owners the assurance that their car won’t end up in the wrong hands.

Coverage highlights included:

Taking a vacation is always something to look forward to, but planning the vacation isn’t something that’s on the top of the list. 
Where should we go?  Which hotel? Where shall we eat?  Shall we spend hours surfing the internet, or call a travel agency and then get charged a commission?  I wish I could just ask my Facebook friends for their insider tips and advice, as I’m sure there are quite a few that could give me insider’s tips and advice.

Lucky for me, Gekko has just launched an app that will do just that, plus more.

Now, as MSNBC put it so well, you can “Friend your way to better travel.”  Gekko is a new Facebook app that allows users to get travel recommendations from friends, compare hotel prices, and also lets you request deals directly from hotels if you don’t find the price you’re looking for.  So instead of going through multiple steps – ping my friends, Google the hotel, check the hotel website, enter my dates and get a price, ring the hotel to see if there are deals missing from the website, ugh, you get the idea – I can now do all of these steps in one fell swoop.  Saving me time and money, which means I can spend more time packing sundresses and SPF, then working on my vacation.  Oh, it also gives me a nice way to spark new conversations with friends – “Ooh, so you’re thinking of going to Iceland?!  How cool is that?” (Probably very cool – or even cold).

Check it out at apps.facebook.com/gekko

 

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In today’s Inside Social Games, King’s MAU (Monthly Average Users) and DAU (Daily Average Users) for newly launched Miner Speed are illustrated, showing a fantastic growth curve.  The game was just released on the iOS as a free app just last week, so these numbers are especially impressive.

The social games industry is moving more towards the cross-platform approach, yet few if any have been able to successfully bridge the divides.  With these results, King is proving they are onto something.  Puzzle Saga, Bubble Saga, Miner Speed and King’s games portal all occupyed spots in the weekly lists of top 20 games by growth on AppData in the last month.  I’m excited to see what’s next!

I like to take a lot of pictures so I often encounter an intimidating backlog of pictures I need to sort through.  Gah – who was that person in this shot again?  Did I send this to my peeps already, or not.  When your mind isn’t operating like a spring chicken, it’s nice to have technology come to the rescue.

Hooray for Viewdle’s Social Camera – the only way to tag friends in your mobile photos and share them instantly with Facebook, Flickr, MMW or email.

Tag photos of friends with your phone

Want to tag photos from your phone? SocialCamera is the only way to tag the mobile photos that you want to send to friends.  SocialCamera works with the Android camera, so you can take photos with built-in, instant tagging. It uses Viewdle’s advanced face recognition technology to identify the people you take photos of the most, and tag them for you.

Automatically share your photos

It only takes 1 click to share your tagged photos with friends through Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or email.  As you take photos, SocialCamera will create a faceprint of your friends, so you can automatically match their social contact info to their picture – your camera will know who to send your photos to.   Sharing photos on Facebook will automatically add them to a new album for your friends to see instantly.

Socialize with your photos

SocialCamera was created to start conversations with the phone on your camera. Faceprints of your friends will let you communicate back and forth, with photos.  Adding a caption to your photo will let you add a message or status to any email, MMS, Facebook post, or Flickr photo you tag.

Download SocialCamera in the Android App market for free here https://market.android.com/developer?pub=Viewdle.

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Today, leading social games company, King.com, announced the launch of Miner Speed on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, the first mobile game within King’s new cross-platform approach. In the new mobile app, users will be able to play with friends via Facebook Connect, or offline to hone their skills for tournament gameplay on Facebook or King.com.

Additional games will be announced in the coming months across the iOS and Android operating systems for both mobile and tablet devices.

Miner Speed is an addictive game that challenges users to switch the jewels to increase their multiplier by making big combinations. Users that quickly match as many jewels as they can, have the best chance of getting the highest score possible.

Miner Speed for iOS is free and can be downloaded at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miner-speed/id423520924?mt=8.

To become a part of the King.com community and get a taste of some of the world’s most popular games, please visit www.king.com or http://apps.facebook.com/king_com/.

Apparently, PR execs have the second most stressful job, right behind Commercial Airline Pilots (so much for my recent flying lessons) and right before Senior Corporate Execs.  The reason for the stress in PR is:

Public relations executives are “completely at the mercy of their clients and buyers,” says Tony Lee, noting that their success or failure depends on the actions and decisions of clients, creating a stressful situation because their performance is in many ways out of their hands.

Well, I do agree there are elements that are beyond our control.  For example, today President Obama is at Facebook for a Town Hall event and there are a lot of media in attendance.  If we would have had a client announcement today, it would have been tough to compete with the President for attention.  However, there are many other times when we usher a client announcement to the press and everything goes smoothly and spectacularly.  I guess those are the days that compensate for the stressful days!

First it was the cold that I picked up while in Austin for SXSW.  Then it was my iPhone that got corrupted during a software update that wiped out the marathon playlist that I had built over the past few months including 100 motivational songs, and of course, there was my shin splint in my left leg, and something that could be either serious or minor in my right knee that I’m supposed to have MRI’ed(haven’t done it yet).  But that wasn’t going to stop me.  No, no.  I set my alarm for 3:50am, Dominic had room service deliver coffee at 4am, and I was off on the shuttle bus at the start line at 5:30am determined to finish and do my very best.

The weather forecast called for heavy rain on marathon Sunday, but as runners huddled in Dodger Stadium, only a light shower passed by before the horn went off at 7:44am to start the race.  As we entered ChinaTown, full of adrenelin and enthusiasm, the first rains started to fall.  Ahh, this feels good!  Nice and refreshing!  The rains stopped, then started, then, Noah decided to show up with his ark as I saw him float by in the roads that became rivers in LA.  Holy floodzone, Batman!  Runners stretched out their arms in submission to the rain gods that soaked us to the core over and over again.  Then the winds showed up, bringing down the mile markers throughout the course so you didn’t know how far you’d run.

Although us runners felt a bit sorry for ourselves, looking like drowned rats scrambling for dry land, I really felt sorry for the volunteers who struggled with inside-out umbrellas as they stretched out their arm to offer us water, Gatorade, slices of oranges, bananas, Clif bars, and even Yakult!  They were soaked and shivering, but were intrepid as they stood their ground to make sure we were supported.

I never realized that cold, wet, weather brings on cramps and hypothermia so quickly.  At one point, I reached over to turn down my music so I could hear the crowds better and I was immediately struck by a massive cramp down my right side.  I struggled with that cramp while another developed in my right shoulder.  As I was happily enjoying a downhill section of the race around mile 24 or so, I was fighting several cramps in my thighs and shins.  Geez!  I’ve never had so many cramps at one time in my life.  I kept telling myself to relax and just take it easy.  They would subside, but if I tried to accelerate, they’d come back again, so I just kept my pace slow and steady.

A very welcome surprise was the face of Joon appearing around mile 20.  The last 6 miles were really hard for me, so having her cheer me on and run with me gave me an energy boost that left a smile on my face!

On Ocean Avenue, the home stretch, I could see the finish line in the distance, but I had to get through the driving race that stung my eyes and cheeks.  Street blockades slid across the road with the force of the wind, almost clipping a few runners in front of me.  Most spectators didn’t have umbrellas by then – why even try when Mother Nature was going to win anyway.

Crossing the finish line, I looked over and saw Dominic, Robert and Min cheering me on!  As they took a picture, I tried to pose which caused my left butt cheek to cramp.  I’ve never had a cramp there before, but let me tell you, it hurts!

I didn’t earn a PR or a BQ, but I gave it my best and survived brutal weather for 26.2 miles.  And as you can see from this chart, I actually didn’t do so bad!

Thanks to everyone who supported me, my charity – Freedom Is Not Free, and sent me good vibes.  I really needed every ounce of your energy to get through this one!  My muscles are super sore but my heart is happy and full of gratitude.  Thanks again.

This week at SXSW in Austin, Texas, King.com hosted a provocative panel addressing this question and others surrounding the topic of “TV Networks Extending Interactivity for Fans.”

Noah Hawley (@noahhawley), producer and writer behind shows including Bones, The Unusuals, and My Generation, provided insights on creating shows with interactivity baked in from the very beginning.  When fans are given the opportunity to continue experiencing with characters outside of the hour on TV, the show is given the extra support and interactivity needed to nurture a loyal and engaged following.

However, creating these additional touch-points can be expensive, especially when over 90% of all new shows fail on TV.

David Luner of Fremantle Media and Kris Soumas of A&E Television Networks addressed the other side of the argument, noting that shows are already expensive to produce, and advertising dollars are notoriously difficult to share amongst new vehicles such as interactive.  However, with that being said, David’s team at Fremantle is a shining example of how to successfully extend interactivity around a show, as exemplified in the smash hit American Idol.  In addition, David provided examples of how digital marketing was also successfully applied to other game shows, such as Family Feud.  Kris also noted that both social games and the mobile platform are increasingly important in the mix of a successful show, noting the tactics used by Parking Wars.

Owais Farooqui of King.com provided an example of how to monetize games that consumers often expect to be free.  Rovio’s Angry Birds, which recently received $42 million in Series A funding from Atomico, Accel and Felicas Ventures, actually makes more money on the free version of Angry Birds than the paid version because of advertising revenues and in-app purchases.  Owais also talked of the impact of cross-promotion of online properties and the TV show to cross-pollinate the user base and provide uplift of traffic for both properties.

The discussion clearly picqued the interest of the audience as the line-up for questions exceeded the time left in the session.  Moderator, Brad Stone of BusinessWeek/Bloomberg quipped that the panel was being Tweeted in several different languages as he watched the hashtag #GamesForTV appear on many Tweets during the session.

The conclusion of the panel is that transmedia strategies including social games and mobile experiences are increasingly critical in ensuring the ongoing success of TV properties, and need to be considered as part of the total brand so that the interactive component does not look “tacked on.”

Cooliris is sponsoring this year’s must-go party at SXSW, the Tech Cocktail Kickoff on Sunday, March 13th.  I’m looking forward to kicking up my heels in Austin!

Don’t forget to download the LiveShare by Cooliris app.  If you do and show it at the event, you may win prizes throughout the night and will have access to all the fabulous photos from the party.

 

 

I’m looking forward to this SXSW panel on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:00AM as industry experts gather to discuss, debate and explore how TV networks are leveraging interactivity and gaming to extend their brands to fans.

 

For decades, TV-show fans have sought ways to extend their connection to their favorite show characters with things like branded cereals, toys, board games, music or the like. Fans often can’t wait for the next episode and especially dread the time between seasons. They want to interact and even play along with their favorite shows. This is a reality that TV networks are creating through branded online games and social games.

 

The session will sample real case studies from experiences over several seasons with shows and branded games like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Biggest Loser, Survivor, and others. Panel members will also explore how games enable an additional channel for TV networks to reach global fans via social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Hi5 and Bebo, especially as we’re seeing games being the number one used applications on many social networks.

 

Topics will include:
  • Why are TV networks leveraging games to extend their brands to fans?
  • How are games enabling TV networks to extend their reach through global social networks like Facebook, Bebo, etc?
  • How have online games faired so far for promoting and extending TV show brands and what other industries can/will this trend extend to?
  • How have online games for TV shows affected the gaming industry?
  • What’s the next development for the online games and TV network partnerships?

The image above shows what happened to test subjects when they were exposed to a cell phone receiving a call for 50 minutes.  A portion of their brain became more active; burning more energy. What does this mean to us?

“We have no idea what this means yet or how it works,” said neuroscientist Nora Volkow of the National Institutes of Health. “But this is the first reliable study showing the brain is activated by exposure to cellphone radio frequencies.”

Hmm, that doesn’t sound reassuring.  A few weeks ago, I was commuting on the SF to Larkspur Ferry and sat across from a lawyer who was working on a class-action lawsuit against cell phone providers to require them to disclose the amount of radiation we were exposed to on each phone.  He said the iPhone was particularly dangerous, as the antennae issue meant that the phone was struggling to receive a signal more often than not, which meant it was working harder, which meant our gray matter was ingesting more radiation.

Brain imaging physicist Dardo Tomasi of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who co-authored the new brain-scan-based work, to be published Feb. 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed radiation emitted from a cellphone’s antenna during a call makes nearby brain tissue use 7 percent more energy.  Apparently, that’s several times less activity than visual brain regions show during an engaging movie, but Mr. Tomasi goes on to state:

“The effect is very small, but it’s still unnatural. Nature didn’t prepare our brains for this.”

Sounds like a very good reason to invest in a headset to keep those rays further away from your brain, and while you’re at it, maybe it’s a good idea to occasionally unplug and put that thing into “airplane mode” at night to ensure your insides aren’t swaying to the sounds of the “dit ditta dit ditta dit” that you hear when you’re phone is next to radio.

Live long and prosper.


So do you think the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley recommended Cooliris’ new LiveShare to the President? They could take fun snaps of each other and share them with one another in a private, invite-only photostream that the others could contribute to.

Bet you they did, and this is where they are congratulating each other on the smart move.

Originally uploaded by The White House

Sure, I’m on Facebook and Twitter – they are both indispensible to my social media life.  But there are times when I’d simply like to share photos with a few friends in a single, collaborative place.  Like when I attend a birthday party and there are 10 people taking photos, including me, but I only end up seeing everyone else’s pics after they’ve uploaded them to Facebook or Flickr or Twitter or whereever and I have to track them down like an online treasure hunt.  Well, track no more!  Now I can set up a collaborative album on the fly, invite my friends, and all those great mug shots end up in one live – private – photostream with Cooliris‘ LiveShare 1.2.  Very very cool.  Because there are times when I want to share like a hyperactive ninja.  And there are times when I want to share with an inner circle of real – hyperpersonal – relationships.
Get LiveShare for free on iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 7, or check it out online at www.liveshare.com.

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I was watching the TODAY Show recently and saw Marilu Henner of Taxi fame talk about a rare condition she has called “superior autobiographical memory,” which was first diagnosed by neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006.

“I can rattle off almost every time I’ve seen you… It’s like putting in a DVD and it queues up to a certain place. I’m there again, so I’m looking out from my eyes and seeing things visually as I would have that day,” said Marilu.

Sometimes I forget where I parked, so I certainly am not afflicted with this condition…

Given that I suffer from “unsuperior autobiographical memory,” I’m very glad to see Viewdle is coming to my rescue.  Viewdle already has a private beta version of its software available which instantly tags the photos and videos in my computer with the right names, and can also upload them directly to Facebook.

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company demonstrated their facial recognition system for mobile phones, whereby the phone’s camera can pick out faces and tag them with names in real-time.  You will then be able to associate the faces with people in your social networks.

“We are giving smartphones human eyes,” Viewdle co-founder and chief executive Laurent Gil told AFP.

Viewdle received $10 million in funding from mobile device makers Qualcomm and Blackberry, as well as  US electronics retail chain Best Buy, and Anthem Venture Partners, in October 2010, and hopes their  software will start showing up in products by mid 2011.

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Hmmm, I’m not sold on the new Starbucks logo. 

I liked the impact of the green and black together, plus I thought it was important to have the name Starbucks in the logo (plus, it’s a great name that’s fun to say).  I understand their decision to drop the word “coffee”, as they do serve more than serve java (and I’m sure they have a lot more product intros planned).  However, I feel like their new logo is better designed for Princess Cruises than a coffee house.  Well, that’s just my mocha cappucino grande’s worth…

 

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I’m so excited to report I’m already 50% to my goal of raising $1,000 for the Freedom is Not Free charity which helps Purple Heart recipients and their families, as well as the families of those fatally wounded.

I’d appreciate it so much if you could check out my CrowdRise donation page and consider supporting this cause that gives back to those who gave their all.