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Connect the ‘Dots’: How Betaworks Made Your New Favorite App

This is Dots. (Photo: iTunes)

Fling those dumb Angry Birds into oblivion already: there’s a new free replacement sitting in the iTunes App Store for your time-killing needs. Enter Dots, a minimalistic game that accentuates the speediness of your swiping skills by connecting as many same-colored dots as possible in 60 seconds. The more dots—or better yet, boxes—you link together and create, the higher you score.

The game was the brainchild of Betaworks hacker-in-residence Patrick Moberg, who had never designed or coded a game before. He began development of Dots in January under the direction that the non-incubator wanted to create a “zen-like” game that people wouldn’t feel guilty playing. Read More

So Refresh and So Clean

Bnter Is Now Banters: Slick Redesign as Prose Startup Grows

The Banters team from left to right: Lauren Leto, Becky Carella, Matt Goggin, Patrick Moberg and Grant Custer.

Lauren Leto and Patrick Moberg thought they’d be using the name “Bnter” for oh, maybe six months at most before they could secure the dot-com with the proper spelling from a tight-fisted IBM (why?). But unable to secure the domain, the team and their three employees decided it was time for more vowels. Bnter, the conversation tracker, is now Banters, which happens to be hip U.K. slang. “I think ‘Banters’ is cool,” Ms. Leto told Betabeat, noting in an email that “it’s easier to remember and spell, and people will know how to pronounce it.” Read More

Party Reports

Bnter Party Goes All Night

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It was dark in the black room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel where media and tech types gathered Saturday night at the official launch party for New York’s quippiest startup, Bnter.com. Hostess Lauren Leto stood greeting guests who had run the gauntlet of wind, coat check and velvet rope and steadied themselves Read More