Burpple App Growth: Over 150,000 Food Moments In More Than 3,300 Cities

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Burpple food app is beautiful and now even more useful. The new Explore feature in its latest app release (v1.2) makes it easier for people to discover good food and like-minded foodies. Whereas foursquare’s Explore recommends places, Burpple recommends good food (photos posted by its community).

In the totally revamped Explore page, a user can find collections like What’s Good Nearby, Suggested Users, and Top Picks. Top Picks, for example, lists food recommendations and the list is based on the user’s current location. Using your GPS, the app can also guess which restaurant you are at and show you what others have eaten, liked and commented. A StumbleUpon-sort button on Burpple would be nice to aid serendipitous discovery.

Top Picks Collection on Burpple

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Couples Shared 1.8 Billion Messages, 40 Million Photos On Between App

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A year ago today, South Korean startup, VCNC released open beta of its couple app called Between. Since its launch, the couple app has been growing aggressively.

In July 2012, the app reached the 1 million downloads mark. Back then, it has 460,000 monthly active users with users exchanging a total of 4.5 million messages with one another. As of today, the Between have surpassed 700,000 MAUs, according to founder / CEO Jaeuk Park. Daily, users exchange a whopping 12 million to 13 million messages and posted 150,000 to 200,000 photos.

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Soul-Manifesting Hacking and Coding at Hackweekend 2012: Let’s Make Apps, Not War

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This weekend is Hackweekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hackweekend is a 24-hour challenge where technology community gather to build awesome applications over a single weekend, based on a particular theme.

The theme for the latest edition of Hackweekend is Make Apps Not War, where participants are encouraged to build applications and software that revolve around the theme of love. Whether it’s an app to assist peace talks between nations, or an app to help match you with single people who have similar interests as you, as long as it can fit within the theme somehow, participants are encouraged to build it.

“It’s all about how people connect in this day and age. Mobile phones give us fantastic new ways to be constantly informed on what our networks are up to, but inversely new barriers are formed that distract people from spending time together. This Hackweekend I hope to see ways of connecting people meaningfully” says Hakim Albasrawy, Director at Tandemic, one of the event organisers.

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Startup Lessons from Pinterest and Draw Something

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Pinterest logoBen Silbermann started working on Pinterest in 2009. The social curation site entered into open beta mode in March 2010 and began to gain traction in the second half of 2011. As of January 2012, there are over 10 million monthly Pinterest users.

Pinterest usage was dismally low for more than a year (by the end of 2010, it has only 10,000 users). I think many “experts” then would’ve adviced Silbermann to scrap the project or morph it into something else. Silbermann and his team didn’t waver and remain resilient. As Silbermann put it, “We just felt like if everyday we were getting a little closer to something that we would be really proud of, we would never regret the time we’d invested.”

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Hong Kong Startup AfterShip Launches E-Commerce Shipments Tracker

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From The Diary Of DEMO Asia 2012
The online world is awash in a deluge of information. We are seeing emergence of more creative, innovative ways to mix and mash the information to create value propositions for users.

A Hong Kong startup, AfterShip, just launched a new web service that aggregates and repurposes packages delivery status data to create compelling value for both e-commerce merchants and buyers. The service is capable of automatically detecting shipment numbers of over 40 couriers worldwide and provides online merchants a consolidated view of delivery status of all their packages – in-transit, delivered or delayed. It also provides shipping insights for online merchants to analyze their shipping historical records. Online merchants can also send out customized delivery status notification messages to customers through SMS, e-mail or Twitter. With this, merchants can reduce customers’ questions about delivery status. For customers, they no longer need to deal with tracking numbers and track packages on their own, as they are automatically notified on the latest delivery status of their packages.

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DEMO Asia 2012: Confirmed Speakers

DEMO Asia 2012 has just announced speakers and sages for its upcoming conference in Singapore.

Speakers

  • Jeff Clavier @jeffclavier : Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups.
  • Robert Kim – Director (Consumer Infocomm) of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority, where he plays industry development role in the areas of start-ups/entrepreneurship, online gaming and digital media.
  • Philip Lim Feng – Chief Executive Officer, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Adeo Ressi @adeoressi – Founding Member, TheFunded.com, an online community of 12,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. He’s is also the CEO of Founder Institute.
  • Michael Yap – Deputy CEO & Executive Director of Interactive Digital Media Programme Office, Media Development Authority, Singapore
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DEMO Asia 2012: Coundown to the Launchpad

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14 days to the DEMO Asia. The inaugural Asian edition of the hugely popular DEMO will happen on February 14 2012 at Matrix @Biopolis in Singapore. DEMO is one of the most popular technology showcasing events in the world. Over 70 Asian startups have been chosen to demonstrate their innovative inventions to the world. No PowerPoint, no flashy stage show, just entrepreneurs demoing their technology products. Additionally, there will be 120 companies showcasing their products at the DEMO Asia Pavilion.

In the past five years, DEMO companies have raised over $4.5 billion after their debut at DEMO. More than 50 companies have been acquired by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco, just to name a few.

The conference agenda is here. Reserve your seats today for DEMO Asia 2012. Use this Promotional Code to get 5% off your ticket: GRE67M

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Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, Chad Hurley, Jimmy Wales, et al. to U.S. Government: DO NOT Emulate These Oppressive Nations – Malaysia, China, Iran

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Malaysia is one of the three countries (the others are China and Iran) cited by the leading US Internet entrepreneurs in an Open Letter to lawmakers in Washington. The Open Letter opposes the proposed Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which US lawmakers are currently discussing.

According to the letter, both Acts threaten to “give the US Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

The signatories of the Open Letter include Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google), Jack Dorsey / Evan Williams / Biz Stone (co-founders of Twitter), Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal), Chad Hurley (co-founder of YouTube), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo!), and Pierre Omidyar (founder of e-Bay).

Sergey Brin posted on his Google+ page on why he supports the Open Letter:

In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress — SOPA and PIPA — give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

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Mobile9 Delivering 100 TERABYTES of Mobile Contents Per Month

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On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.

Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.

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Slosht Sex Up Nightlife by Deep Slashing Alcohol Prices

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Like other hundreds of group buying deals sites, Slosht offers attractive discounts for its customers. But unlike the other deals site, Slosht introduces group buying concept to nightlife experience. The group buying deal site negotiates deep discounts for alcoholic beverages with bars, nightclubs and alcoholic beverage companies by guaranteeing sales of X number of drinks for one specified night.

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A Rejection Letter: From a fast growing startup Terato Tech to MCMC

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Terato Tech, one of the hottest startups in Malaysia, rejected a grant offered by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in a rather strong-worded letter. The Reza Razali Managing Director of Terato Tech wrote: we at Terato Tech are not serial grantpreneurs. The grouses mentioned in the letter include lengthy application processing (MCMC took 14 months to process the grant application) and below-than-expected grant amount. In the letter, the also suggested to MCMC “to do away with commission members/chairman who are active members of the business community.”

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the regulatory body for the communications and multimedia industry in Malaysia, under the provisions of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act (1998) and the Communications and Multimedia Act (1998).

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