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Startup News: Gilt Group now has Search Capabilities; Codeacademy Can Help You Learn Python

 Startup News: Gilt Group now has Search Capabilities; Codeacademy Can Help You Learn Python

The redesigned Nestio iPhone app.

Hunting season Nestio has redesigned its iPhone app, designed to help apartment hunters stay organized and share information with friends. In addition to improved camera functionality, the 2.0 version has some new features, including an activity screen to help users see what progress their roommates have made in the search, as well as a checklist to help potential renters and buyers remember what features to look for when they’re viewing an apartment.

Guilty convenience Gilt Group just announced that they have (finally) added search capabilities to the site. Members can now search each Gilt store by category, brand and price—just like almost every other website that exists.

1000+ Zinio—which produces interactive versions of existing magazines, providing a reading platform which enables readers to easily navigate text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, and videos—just announced the production of its 1000th interactive magazine.

Learn python Codeacademy, an interactive, user-generated platform for users to learn programming, now offers users the ability to learn python, in addition to front-end technologies like JavaScript, HTML, CSS and jQuery.

Female report American Express has released more results from its second annual State of Women-Owned Businesses report. Though the numbers report growth of women-owned businesses in 2012, AmEx concedes, predictably, that things could be better. If you don’t feel like reading the whole report, they’ve made some helpful infographics to get people talking.

Manhattan Transfers The predictive game studio PrePlay—which creates mobile and tablet games designed to enhance the experience of watching sports, reality, and other “awkward” television shows—is expanding its Manhattan operations and moving into a new Midtown headquarters at West 38th Street, following its $3.1 million series A funding.

Virtual college Yale has partnered with YouVisit to enhance virtual tour features available to prospective students on their website. Now, high schoolers, pre-frosh and curious parties all over the world can take “realistic and engaging” virtual walking tours of the campus and enjoy full-screen 360 panoramas of various Yale landmarks, which are also available for a bunch of other less prestigious institutions.

Changeup The interactive video startup Qwiki just announced that they’ve hired Sonya Penn, formerly Time.com’s Director of Business Development, as VP of Business Development.

Next big thing The Paley Center for Media is partnering with the New York Comedy Festival to put together a special “comedy-themed” edition of Next Best Thing, the Paley Center’s quarterly showcase for digital media startups, and they’re currently accepting submissions from startups to present at the November 7 event. Interested parties should send a description of their company, presenter bio, and presentation draft to paleymediacouncil(at)gmail.com; submissions are due September 14.