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Startup News: Everyone’s Launching Everything All the Time At TechCrunch Disrupt

TC Disrupt NYC 2012

The News In News It’s a big day for Qwiki. When last we heard from the company, Qwiki was turning info from Wikipedia and elsewhere into multimedia visual presentations. After a brief period in San Francisco, the company has returned to New York City and adapted its technology to the news business. Today comes the announcement of the “Qwiki Creator,” which turns web content–video and static pages–into a rich content presentation. Qwiki’s partner for the launch? ABC News. Not too shabby.

Shop Right New to digital shopping list Ziplist: a free Meal Planner, a queue designed to act as a “Netflix for things you want to make sometime soon,” the company says. Users can save recipes to specific days with an eye to when they’ll have more or less prep time, then they can add the necessary ingredients to their shopping list. The planner can also be synced with family members’ calendars. The planner, by the way, is the company’s first big featured released since its Conde Nast acquisition. Read More

Summer Jamz

Diplo Premiered New Tracks on, the Crowd Went Wild with ‘H8′


Betabeat got the heads up yesterday that Talib Kweli was spinning in impromptu A.M. concert in when investor Chris Sacca tweeted, “Umm, yes. This is really happening” with a link to the System Addict – Idle Warship room.

Since we lasted spotted Mr. Sacca getting his mind blown over magic tricks with co-founder Seth Goldstein, we took him at his tweet. [Avatar] heads started bouncing when Mr. Kweli put on some “H&O,” which we, naturally, take to mean Hall & Oates. (“I Can’t Go For That”? “Rich Girl”? Wait, wait, no, don’t tell us . . . “Maneater”!)

But apparently not all’s brushes with fame have ended so pleasantly in the streaming music/chatroom/chance to DJ service. Take, for example, Paul Miller’s account on This My Next of the time he walked into’s VIPfest room to find Diplo, Gorilla vs. Bear, the founder of Pitchfork, and Carles from Hipster Runoff. “That’s when things got weird.” Read More