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Bitly, the New York-based link-shortening and data analytics service, announced two big changes at the executive level this week. Yesterday, chief scientist Hilary Mason, who is arguably Bitly’s most visible employee, announced she would be moving on from the company to become the first ever data scientist in residence at venture firm Accel Partners. Though she’s been an advisor to Accel’s Big Data Fund since 2011, Ms. Mason is leaving Bitly to join Accel full time, where she will help to advise portfolio companies and evaluate potential investment areas.
Punch!, a Spy-inspired iPad “appazine” that paired long-form journalism with short comedy segments and interactive games, has scrapped its editorial content to focus entirely on an authoring tool for apps.
With New York Observer alum Jim Windolf at the helm and featuring contributions from George Gurley and Mark Ames, Punch! put out three issues before announcing that it was going on hiatus on August 14.
One of the big problems for folks developing mobile apps is the expensive and random process of promoting the finished product.
“Right now, the only way to get distribution for your application is to pay out the nose on an existing ad network, get “TechCrunched,” or to call in a favor at Apple (presuming you Read More
Tweetdeck users no longer have to agonize over word choice or leave off an important @celeb because of Twitter’s 140 character limit.
With Deck.ly, which Tweetdeck announced today, users can post messages as long as they want. Other Tweetdeck users will see the whole message, while those on Twitter will get Read More
The mysterious, unnamed eleventh start-up firm to participate in the first-ever TechStars New York seed-stage investor program has now revealed itself. The company is called OnSwipe, and it was remaining in the shadows until it could announce a $1 million seed round.
The Observer broke the names yesterday of the eleven startups in TechStars Read More
Watch your back, Rupert Murdoch. The New York Times iPad app News.me could roll out any day now.
Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb is reporting that the social news service News.me just started accepting requests for invitations.
Few details are known about the venture, which the Times is developing in partnership with Read More
Four guys in New York have released the second version of ExtensionFM, or exfm, a browser add-on that lets you tag music all over the web for streaming, tweeting, favoriting and playlisting, TechCrunch reported yesterday.
Exfm detects music files on websites and saves them for you, building up a library of songs you can Read More
Bit.ly just raised $10 million in series B funds. Betaworks CEO John Borthwick anounced the round in a blog post, where he also dropped some data about the company’s growth.
Until April of this year bit.ly was the default link shortener for Twitter. When that honeymoon ended, many speculated that bit.ly’s growth would Read More
Tech Observer reported earlier this week about the hot NY startup Charbeat, which just raised $3 million and is bringing onboard some interesting investors.
Today we learned a little history about the site from Betaworks CEO John Borthwick. Turns out the product started as a service called firef.ly, which let publishers send Read More
Power Players, Funding
John Borthwick, CEO of the technology incubator Betaworks, is the man behind some of NYC’s hottest web properties. Today he shared his thoughts on creating great products with Read Write Web, and it wasn’t pretty.
For Borthwick, success these days is all about speed. “Innovation is changing. The costs of starting a company Read More