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Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets

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Facebook Announces FbStart Apps of the Year, New Partners, Benefits

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Facebook’s FbStart initiative for fledgling developers announced its FbStart Apps of the Year winners, along with some new benefits for developers.

The social network introduced FbStart at F8 in May 2014, and the program has grown to more than 9,000 members from 137 countries.

Strategic partner manager Ime Archibong announced in a blog post that Amazon, DocSend and Pitchbook are new FbStart partners, while the initiative’s Social Good sector added ChangeCorp, M4 Global Partners and Phone2Action.

Archibong also revealed that FbStart will begin offering monthly office hours, or online access to different Facebook teams for startup developers to better learn how to build products with Facebook’s developer tools and deal with challenges.

FbStart events will be held in the following cities:

  • June: Bangalore, India; Gurgaon, India; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hong Kong; and Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • July: Boston, Chicago, New York and Toronto.
  • August: Bogota, Colombia; and Mexico City.
  • September: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
  • October: Miami and Sao Paulo.
  • November: Amsterdam; Berlin; Cape Town, South Africa; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; London; Istanbul; Paris; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Finally, Archibong provided details on the winners of this year’s FbStart Apps of the Year contest, saying that submissions were judged by a panel of technology experts from Andreessen Horowitz, ChangeCorp, DeskConnect, GitHub, Facebook and Saavn.

The grand-prize winner received $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in Facebook ad credits, while the other winners were each granted $5,000 in cash and $7,500 in Facebook ad credits. The winners, as described by Archibong:

  • App of the Year: VoiceTube (Android, iOS). Based in Taiwan, VoiceTube is a way to learn English through videos. Founded by married couple Richard Zenn and Carol Lai, the application features more than 30,000 videos with features such as bilingual subtitles, an online dictionary, sentence repeat and recording. According to Zenn, the video platform idea came about because “education in Taiwan teaches us reading and writing in English, but less in listening and speaking.” To learn more about VoiceTube, see our case study.
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa App of the Year: Musixmatch (Android, iOS). Bologna, Italy-based Musixmatch is a crowd-sourced lyrics catalog that syncs directly with a wide variety of apps and features lyrics in a broad number of languages.
  • Latin America App of the Year: Emprego Ligado (Android). Emprego Ligado is a mobile-based recruitment platform focused on the blue-collar job market in Brazil. The app has facilitated millions of interviews for Brazilian workers, with 18 percent of customers getting a job offer the first day after signing up for the app.
  • North America App of the Year: RadPad (Android, iOS). Based in Los Angeles, RadPad makes discovering an apartment for rent easier, safer and more social. The app lets you rent or sublet a room in your apartment, as well as pay rent through the app.
  • Social Good App of the Year: MedShr (Android, iOS).MedShr, based in London, is a global platform that enables doctors to connect with each other and discuss clinical cases in a secure place. Founded by Asif Qasim, a London cardiologist, the app has even been used by doctors in European migrant camps for Syrian refugees.

Readers: Do any of you have any experience with the FbStart initiative?

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

Groupon is selling its Indonesia business to fitness membership startup KFit

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 30:  A sign marks the location of the Groupon headquarters on November 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Rumors are circulating that Google is close to reaching a deal to buy Groupon for a reported $5.3 billion.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Tribune Publishing rebrands as tronc, terrible puns ensue

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Glu Mobile Launches Britney Spears: American Dream on Mobile

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Glu Mobile officially launched Britney Spears: American Dream on iOS and Android. The lifestyle simulation game allows players to become a pop star as they rise through the ranks of fame with Britney Spears as their mentor.

The base gameplay in Britney Spears: American Dream follows the formula found in Glu’s other celebrity mobile games, such as Katy Perry Pop and Kendall & Kylie. Players will create an avatar by choosing from a variety of hairstyles, face shapes, clothing options and more, and will then complete quests to earn fans and fame.

Britney Spears American Dream

Many quests ask players to complete timed events, such as radio interviews or recording sessions. These events see players spend energy to complete tasks, which reward them with event progress points. An event ends when players fill the progress bar, or when time runs out. Energy recharges automatically over time, or players can purchase additional energy with premium currency.

As players progress, they’ll be able to record songs to sell within the game. Users can select each song’s title and genre, and they can also customize each song’s album cover using background images, stickers, character avatars and text.

In addition, players will earn money as they complete quests and events, and can spend this money on new clothing items and accessories for their avatar, as well as furniture and other items for their home (some items are premium). Money can also be used to travel between the game’s cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas.

In terms of social features, users can chat with others while playing, add other users as friends and create or join a record label (a club of players).

Britney Spears: American Dream is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Article courtesy of SocialTimes

The fire inside Rev. Jesse Jackson

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 06:  Reverend Jesse Jackson leads demonstrators down State Street to protest the death of Laquan McDonald and the alleged cover-up that followed on December 6, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed 17-year-old McDonald on October 20, 2014, hitting him with 16 bullets. Van Dyke was charged with murder more than a year after the shooting after a judge ordered the release to the public of a video which showed McDonald backing away from Van Dyke while being shot.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Capital One open sources Cloud Custodian AWS resource management tool

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How Silicon Valley can put local businesses back on the map

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Interior design startup Havenly raises $5.8 million

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Launching at YC’s Demo Day, mRelief has a new tool to make public assistance more accessible

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