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Startup Rundown: Brooklyn Tech Triangle Takes on New Startups, and Apple TV Takes on More Vampire Porn

Ultimate first-world problem solves: You can now watch True Blood on Apple TV

Ultimate first-world problem solved: You can now watch True Blood on Apple TV

Brooklyn Tech Triangle welcomes new startups As New York gears up to overtake Silicon Valley in the quest for total tech domination, NYU-Poly and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have announced plans to develop a 10,000 square foot tech incubator for startups. Nestled within the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center will support 20 innovative startups “focused on solving urban challenges of sustainability, energy and resilience,” according to a statement. It’s set to open this fall on the 19th floor of 15 MetroTech.

10gen shells out the dough Software company 10gen has pledged $75,000 to hackNY, the non-profit organization that encourages students to pursue technological innovations. “Programs like hackNY are important because they provide students with crucial hands-on experience and help companies like 10gen find and recruit top talent,” said 10gen CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz, “…It is exciting to work with interns who could be responsible for the next technology innovation and to help them reach their full potential.” For your entertainment, here is a very long video of hackNY fellows talking about why they love hackNY.

Birchbox branches out As if Birchbox wasn’t cool enough already (for $10 a month they’ll send you boxes of sweet beauty product samples), the company’s now teaming up with Suits in a new cross-promotion—just in time for the premiere of Suits’s third season. “When it comes to the world of style on TV, the men and women of Suits are among the most fashionable,” said Katia Beauchamp, cofounder and co-CEO of Birchbox, “We’re thrilled to be working with Suits creating brand integration where we connect our two highly-engaged audiences in a meaningful way; using social media, physical products and editorial content to grow our reach and engagement across the board,” whatever that means.

Do it like a Droid iPhone apps are so last year, you guys. Nowadays the cool kids are making Android apps—and you can learn how, too. This Saturday, check out General Assembly’s “Introduction to Android Development” workshop from 11am to 5pm, where pros from The Working Group will ideally teach you to make the next Candy Crush Saga.

Sail the Seven Seas of Startups Sunday afternoon, step aboard the Lucille and sail around Manhattan in the relaxing company of other tech-lovin’ New Yorkers. Co-hosted by Damsels in Design and ArtsTech, the Summer Art & Design Cruise promises lots of good networking and idea-sharing opportunities, plus an open beer and wine bar. “For 3 hours you’ll experience breathtaking views, connect with like-minded people, and relax in ultimate summertime mode!” the invitation promises. All aboard!

Win tickets to Biz Stone’s big screen debut Biz Stone recently teamed up with Canon’s Project Imaginat10n to direct a film, “Evermore,” inspired entirely by a series of ten user-generated photographs. Yeah, we know you’re curious; so get excited: you could win tickets to a special “Evermore” screening (plus a sick new camera), just by submitting your own imaginative film plot idea based on the same ten photos that inspired “Evermore.” Oh—and the plot ideas have to use 140 characters or less. Claaaaassic Biz. The contest runs until July 16; submissions can be uploaded at imagination.usa.canon.com.

Apple TV gets sweeter and sweeter Congratulations, your ultimate first-world problems are solved: HBO GO and WatchESPN are now officially available on Apple TV (your laptop screen really wasn’t big enough for True Blood viewing, was it?)  HBO GO and WatchESPN will add to the 60,000 movies and over 230,000 TV episodes already available on Apple TV. But still, does anything beat watching vampire porn live on Sunday nights? We didn’t think so.

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