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Startup News: Whitney Dominates Google and Nike Creates Accelerator for the Athletic Among Us

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And I Will Always Google You Google just released its year-end zeitgeist list and Whitney Houston was named the most searched person and term of the year. Gangnam Style clocked in as the second most searched thing of the year and the now-pregnant duchess Kate Middleton was the second most searched person in 2012. In terms of New York’s search history, Hurricane Sandy took the number one slot and was followed by “MTA” and then “NY Knicks” (The new Brooklyn Nets didn’t manage to crack the top 10). In terms of restaurants, Nobu was the most searched place to eat in New York, but Daniel and Chef’s Table didn’t fall too far behind.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tumblr Tumblr is instructing its users to tag their favorite posts “#TumblrGiftGuide.” The Tumblr team then will troll through the entries and reblog the best entries onto the official Holiday Gift Guide Tumblr. A look on the site shows a knit skull and a case for an iPad with cute typewriters all over it. No GIFs are currently on the site or for sale anywhere in the world. Read More


Armed with a Big Data Offering and a Brooklyn Office, Q-Sensei Eyes America

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Enterprise search is a tough market. But with the release of an upgraded search platform tailored to cash in on big data, plus a snazzy new Brooklyn office, Q-Sensei has big plans and even bigger ambitions.

Created in 2007 from the merger of a German and an American company, Q-Sensei’s primary product is an enterprise software platform, designed to help businesses sort through their vast amounts of internal clutter. But despite picking up a couple of industry awards, the company has largely flown under the radar. Enterprise work just isn’t as flashy as consumer offerings, and besides, Europe has been the team’s focus thus far.  Read More