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Startup Rundown: Video Chat with Paula Abdul, and Learn to Say No to Stupid Theme Wedding Ideas

Check out Hang w/ (Photo: YouTube)

Hang out with Hang w/ Hang w/ (pronounced “Hang With”) is kind of like Twitter, except all the posts are live videos, and users will be paid to broadcast. Sorry, what? Does this mean I can literally take selfie videos like it’s my job? “In the future, you will be able to make money from Hang w/,” says the app’s official site, “Hang w/ generates revenue by charging advertisers for the right to advertise during our broadcasts. Because you are the one doing the broadcasting, we feel that you should share in those profits.” The app just closed a $2 million Series A, already has more than 1.3 million broadcasts, and claims celebrity users Paula Abdul, Timbaland and Larry King. You should probably start hanging with this crowd. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Food52 Doles Out Provisions and Etsy Makes it Virtually Impossible Not To Online Shop

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Blippar crosses the pond Introducing Blippar: the new advertising tool that’s kind of like a QR scanner, but cooler. The UK-based augmented reality app—now with offices in New York—helps companies create sweet, interactive advertisements. Using the Blippar app, consumers can scan (or “blipp”) special images, and watch as they instantaneously convert into videos, polls, Read More

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Startup Rundown: 3D Printing Puts Birdhouse Makers Out of Work, and High-Tech Underwear Gets a Boost

Check out the winning 3D-printed birdhouse creation. Can we move in?

MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval Read More

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Startup Rundown: Tyra Banks’ Wallet Smizes at a New Startup and Uber Makes Your Friends Share Your Cab Fare

Viewfinder makes your photo albums super pretty and organized

Feast your eyes on Viewfinder Head to the App Store to check out Viewfinder, the sleek, newly updated photo-sharing app developed by a team of ex-Google and Microsoft folk. The app conveniently organizes your photos by date and location, and allows you to “dial through your memories” with a really cool, easy-to-use scroll-y device. You can also privately share your photos and instant messages with other Viewfinder users—like a more personal version of Instagram or Facebook. Maybe Viewfinder’s trying to make a subtle hint to hipsters posting photos of their vegan eggs benedict to Facebook: not everyone needs to see that. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Betterific Improves the Future of Bed Sheets, and GroupMe Lets you Communicate Via Images of Squirrels

GroupMe's collection of summer-themed emoji

GroupMe ups the Emoji factor It’s hard to text your friends about brunch plans when you don’t have a bacon emoji, you know? So maybe it’s time to download GroupMe, the group messaging app that now offers users a delightfully broader array of emoji than ever before. There’s a red Solo cup; a taco; an iced coffee; a freaking squirrel perched on a branch, people. There’s even a special summer pack that includes a sweat-stained t-shirt (ew?) and a fat dog wearing sunglasses—endless fun! Already have GroupMe? Access the new range of emoji by downloading the latest update. Read More

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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

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. Read More

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Startup Rundown: Google Glass Gets Fancy, and MakerBot Open Up (Another) Shop

Cutting the Ribbon at MakerBot's new Sunset Park facility

New Tech City gets new managing editor WNYC announced yesterday that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, the weekly tech podcast and segment on Morning Edition. According to the press release, Ms. Zomorodi—who co-created and currently hosts the program—“will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into…a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.”  Keep your eyes and ears peeled, folks! Read More