Monthly Archives: April 2013

Like an MTV you’d actually enjoy: Shuffler.fm launches curated music video channels


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Amsterdam-based online music startup Shuffler.fm is venturing into the music video space with its new ShufflerTV offering that turns the web’s leading voices in music into your personal VJs.

The idea behind ShufflerTV, which is set to officially launch Wednesday, is pretty simple: The site aggregates videos posted on music blogs and online music magazines like Pitchfork, XLR8R, Urb.com and the Fader, and compiles them to individual stations. The result are continuous streams of music videos that have been curated by people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Shuffler.fm combines this with a really neat player that allows users to skip songs, check out what’s coming next, change stations, subscribe to specific stations to easily access them and share individual videos on Twitter, Facebook (s FB) and Google+. (s GOOG)

ShufflerTV integrates with Shuffler.fm’s audio site, which has been doing this kind of curated music programming sans video for…

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Monkey Island’s Creator Describes The Sequel He’s Definitely, Positively Not Making (Yet)


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With the gash left by the LucasArts shutdown still a bit raw, this one’s either going to feel like salt in the wound or a spark of hope.

Ron Gilbert, creator of LucasArts’ much-loved Monkey Island series, has published a list outlining the sequel he’d make if he could. The bad news: he swears up and down that he’s not making it. Yet.

For those of you who don’t keep track of where legendary game developers end up (Hey! Everyone needs a hobby), here’s what you need to know: after leaving LucasArts in the early 90s, Gilbert went on to found Humongous Entertainment (remember Putt-Putt or Freddi Fish? That was them), which is now owned by Atari. In 2010, he joined DoubleFine, the game development house which you’d remember as having one of the biggest Kickstarters ever, led by fellow LucasArts alum and industry legend Tim Schafer. Last month…

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Tallygram, OkCupid’s Foray Into Friend Finding On Facebook, Hits The Deadpool


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Tallygram, a Facebook-based friend-finding app created by dating site OkCupid, has shut down, saying that the community never grew large enough to sustain the site. Tallygram, which originally billed itself as “a better way to surf Facebook,” first opened for business in November 2012.

Now the site, in a note to existing users (below), is referring to itself as an “experiment.” Those existing users have an option to export their data from the service by May 15.

With sites like Facebook continuing to build out its own ways of mining its massive database of users and information, such as Graph Search, and many other ways to discover new people (three examples are Badoo, OkCupid and Tinder, which like OkCupid is also owned by IAC) it’s perhaps not too surprising that Tallygram found it hard to pick up traction.

The service, which came out of OkCupid…

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Snapchat Experiences Spammy Growing Pains After Passing 150M Snaps Sent Per Day


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Picture-messaging sensation Snapchat seems to experiencing some growing pains. CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel said today that over 150 million pictures a day flow through the auto-destructing photo-sharing service, but as the service gets bigger and gains more attention, the worst parts of the Internet are sure to follow.

According to a post on the company blog, some Snapchatters experienced a bit of a spam attack this morning from someone who appears to have created multiple accounts and spam to Snapchatters with accounts marked as public. According to Twitter, that spam seems to be nude-flavored.

Snapchat offers users two security options. You can receive Snaps from “only friends,” which means you’ve accepted them as a friend or added them yourself, or you can accept snaps from everyone.

Snapchat suggests using the private mode for now while the team comes up with a long-term fix for the issue, which…

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Live On 17 Campuses, Endorse.me Launches A Private Platform To Let Students & Employers Connect, Share Confidential Info


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It’s a tough job market out there for college job applicants, and students are looking for anything that can help them stand out from the crowd. While an increasing number of students look to apply to jobs online, the information that might give students a shot at improving their candidacy and landing a job isn’t something they want to share publicly, it’s confidential. As a result, most of this confidential information — whether it be recommendations from professors or expiring job offers — is shared offline.

James Ingallinera and Trey Griffith founded Endorse.me last year to give college jobseekers a secure, online platform through which they can share confidential information with prospective employers, and, in turn, give companies a better way to identify and hire top collegiate talent. Endorse.me is officially launching today at 17 campuses across the U.S., including Stanford, Notre Dame, Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Duke, Dartmouth, UVA, Berkeley…

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How to hire data scientists and get hired as one


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As you might have heard before if you read McKinsey reports, the New York Times or just about any technology news site, data scientists are in high demand. Heck, the Harvard Business Review called it the sexiest job of the 21st century. But landing a gig as a data scientist isn’t easy — especially a top-notch gig at a major web or e-commerce company where merely talented people are a dime a dozen.

However, companies are starting to talk openly about what they look for in data scientists, including the skills someone should have and what they’ll need to know to survive an interview. I spent a day at the Predictive Analytics World conference on Monday and heard both Netflix and Orbitz give their two cents. That’s also the same day Hortonworks published a blog post about how to build a data science team.

Granted that…

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Heyzap Launches An AppData-Like Leaderboard For Mobile Games With User Counts


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While Apple’s app store and Google Play have long had leaderboards for the most downloaded and lucrative apps, there hasn’t been that much transparency around engagement after the download.

Heyzap, a Union Square Ventures-backed startup that runs a mobile gaming network, has stepped in and decided to build one. The startup, which was founded about four years ago and originally centered around Flash games, has moved onto mobile platforms (pretty much like every other game developer over the past few years). They have an app on Android with about 10 million installs that lets gamers add friends in their favorite titles and share tips and badges.

From those 10 million installs, they say they’ve been able to gauge the size of different developers’ active userbases. So from that, they’ve launched Heyzap Trends, a live leaderboard that estimates active usage. The standard iOS and Google leaderboards mainly focus on…

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