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Check It Out, Foursquare’s New Redesign Is Incredibly Useful

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After teasing and hinting at a big redesign, Foursquare finally released its new version live today. And we were pleasantly taken aback. It’s a huge improvement. For years, the company has said it was planning on moving beyond the check-in and it looks like that goal has finally come to fruition–with a bolder emphasis on recommendations, discovering new places, and features that encourage interacting with friends and planning what to do in real-time.

Foursquare has cleaned up the clutter in favor of just three tabs: Explore, Friends, and your profile. “We took apart the app and completely rebuilt it,” the company said in a press release.  Read More

Locavores

The City Plans to Give Local Companies Access to the .NYC Domain Name

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In a chilly, temperature-controlled auditorium at Time Warner headquarters, insulated from steam gathering outside, the top representatives of the New York City’s efforts to make good on that Road Map to a Digital City gathered to discuss the recently-released plans. How often do Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, NYC EDC President Seth Pinsky, and DoITT Commissioner Carole Post really get together—when not on stage to demonstrate city’s newly-streamlined approach to tech? Actually, all the time, assured Ms. Post.

In a nod to Sterne’s emphasis on social media as the first steps in digitizing New York, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, who was just celebrating his “halfaversary” as manager of government and political partnerships, was also on stage. The conversation naturally dovetailed into other Internet Week memes, like the suddenly-ubiquitous “Made in NYC” label. Read More

Locavores

How to Qualify for the Semi-Official, Highly-Coveted ‘Made In NYC’ Internet List

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Foodies aren’t the only ones that get to flaunt their locavore bona fides. Last night marked the debut of “Internet made in New York City,” an exclusive list of start-ups and products that are “mostly coded” in the city, can claim more than 10,000 users or visitors monthly, and, fly their Made in NYC flag “as prominently as its copyright.”According to Meetup’s Scott Heiferman, that last bit was Anil Dash’sclever idea.”

In keeping with the hometown spirit, Foursquare’s Naveen Selvadurai and Mr. Heiferman, who curated the list together, introduced the concept on stage at yesterday’s New York Tech Meetup—during Internet Week for that added booster oomph. Shortly after, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted, “Thanks @heif @Naveen,” seemingly granting his seal of approval. As an extra benefit, the list, hosted on the NYTM page, not only links to the company’s website, but also indicates if they’re hiring (16 out of 25 are) and how to apply. So, who made the cut? Read More