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Startup News: Opening Ceremony and Brit Morin Get Apps; Charity Water Saves the World

Knewton gets closer to Bono and not even Google Maps can kill HopStop.
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Opening Ceremony There hasn’t been much fashion fun in tech since last year’s Raise Cache fashion show, but now Opening Ceremony has partnered with Gin Lane Media to create an interactive iPad application as a companion piece to Opening Ceremony’s new annual print magazine. Here’s a video of what this thing looks like (très chic!) and if you’re iPad-less, then you’re free to try it out in all of Opening Ceremony’s stores. Note: Chloë Sevigny still not available for download.

Back to School It’s September, which means the kids all over the country are hitting the books once more. Despite the gnashing of teeth over the importance of STEM education, however, many students are returning to schools with shaky or nonexistent computer science programs. That’s where Codecademy comes in. The company recently debuted After School Programming, a package allowing schools to, at the very least, get an extracurricular club up and running.

Blammo Scrollkit, the service designed to make website creation easier for those without years of web design experience, has just added new effects for CSS3 and HTML5. Now on the table: blur, grayscale, warp, bomb, fade-in, rotate, and flip. But don’t take our word for it. Watch this video featuring a fire-breathing panda with rainbow lasers shooting out of his eyes.

Do Something Nice Charity: Water, a favorite non-profit of Anil Dash, Michael Kors, Sarah Lacy and Pete Cashmore, just turned six-years-old this week. They’re celebrating by launching a $1.7 million dollar fundraising campaign to help give 26,000 people in Rwanda safe drinking water. They’ve produced a video that makes us feel way more charitable than Kony 2012 ever did:

DIY Mobile Brit + Co, the creators of recyclable wonders like the Hitch Clock (made from a repurposed DVD of the Will Smith movie), have now turned their DIY. blog–headed by creator Brit Morin–into an app. It’s only available on iOS for now, but not to fear Android users! The site’s mobile version was given a facelift as well, so you can still learn how to “make your cooler the coolest” while you’re on the go.

No More Stealing Getty Images has partnered with SparkRebel, Pinterest’s fashionable and celebrity-obsessed cousin, to create the terribly-titled PicScout ImageIRC. The two companies describe the new platform as “the world’s largest index of image fingerprints and metadata that assures every image gets its credit.” In short, it’s a legal way for SparkRebel to use Getty’s images, while Getty’s photographers get their much deserved credit and compensation. Win-win.

Bono Swag Knewton, the digital learning startup that just last year raised a $33 million Series D, is now one degree of separation closer to Bono and Bill Clinton, via their favorite policy stomping ground: The World Economic Forum. Perhaps you’ve heard of a small annual gathering they host called Davos? Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira is featured in a video posted this morning on the Forum’s site discussing key educational challenges.

Who Gon Stop Me, Huh? HopStop recently passed two million total app downloads, only eight months after announcing one million total apps back in January of this year. The company also recently discontinued their Blackberry app, they say, “due to the complexity of maintaining native apps across several different mobile platforms (as well as due to the lack of advertiser demand for this particular platform).” The remaining Blackberry users left in New York can use HopStop via the mobile site of course.

A Nice Experience for U Usablenet, the creator of mobile and multi-channel experiences for brands, have built a new platform for for their services called U-Experience. If you take a look at UatFashionWeek.com from your mobile browser, you can see what the U-Experience is capable of–a seamless exposure to all of a brand’s social media platforms at once in a tight-looking interface.

Ads Mean Money Republic Project, a service that lets anyone create mobile and web ad campaigns in about 45 minutes, has announced $1 million in Series A funding led by Google Ventures. 500 Startups, Venture51, Ludlow Ventures, Maneesh Arora and Andrew Reis also participated in the round. Their first big client is Capital One and they have established partnerships with Buzzfeed and Pandora.