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Some details are starting emerge surrounding the launch of the art discovery start-up WIRED got a sneak peek at the gated beta version and according to the article,  the company is using computer vision software and a panel of experts to provide recommendations based on a similar color palette across mediums. The site uses 550 “art genes” ranked from 1-100 to code the recommendations.

Sound promising?  A few big wigs seem to think so. The Art Newspaper, reported back in June early investors included Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, venture capitalist Jim Breyer and Wendi Deng Mur­doch as well as well-known gallerist Larry Gagosian.

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Kevin Rose, formerly of Digg has been hard at work building up his new mobile app development company Milk Inc.  Their first project, Oink was launched a few weeks back at the Web 2.0 Summit.

The premise, take location-based check-ins the next level by allowing people to rate things in that particular location.  Want to find the best rated burgers in your vicinity?  This app is for you.  Visiting a tourist site, find the must-see spots.  Users can gain “Cred Points” by uploading photos, performing mini-reviews or rating spots in a “thumbs up, down or half-way” fashion.

The app is now live in the app store and available to play around with but a special invite is required to participate in the rating fun.  Stay posted for an update once I get my confirmation.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Business Insider’s 2011 StartUp event in NYC.  One of the  guest speakers was Mayor Bloomberg’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Rachel Sterne who announced the upcoming release of an in-depth  recommendation for making  New York the most digitally progressive city in the world.  For a room full of entrepreneurs in a city that just surpassed Boston in venture capital investment, this was particularly relevant. The report,  titled “The Digital City was released today.  I’ve included a couple of top line bullets below.

  • The city has partnered with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr to serve as “one-stop shops” for city news
  • The city has plans to continue unlocking access to public information for use in open source applications and tools and plans to increase access to Wi-Fi networks  in parks and public areas
Read the entire report here

If you  participate in Foursquare, you may have received a few invites,  seen some facebook status updates and twitter posts  surrounding the launch of a site called Scoville.  While the site has been in beta for a couple months available to foursquare ‘superusers,’ it just hit the relative mainstream yesterday.

I’ve taken the leap, joined and done a little research so here’s what I’ve found.  From what I can tell, the site aggregates all your check-ins (via Foursquare) gives you one week to select your favorites and then allows you to schedule to post them once a week on what they’re calling  #TopTuesday.    As you build up your preferences, Scoville then begins to provide you with customized recommendation on new places to explore.  I’ll let you know how it goes on my first #TopTuesday.





SXSW Interactive in Austin will soon be upon us and buzz surrounding emerging social platforms is beginning to pick up speed and if you remember correctly, this was the event where Twitter surfaced in 2007  and Foursquare  battled it out with Gowalla.

In a recent article, Brandweek highlighted a few key players expected to grab most of the attention.    I’ve toyed around with a few of these, Instagram in particular and #hashtag more recently.  For those traveling in herds, I imagine services like GroupMe and Beluga gaining but it’s anyone’s guess which consumers will be most attracted to.

Beluga ( A group messaging service similar to BBM but allows you to share locations, photos and most importantly allows users to avoid SMS charges.

Availability:  Android/iOS

GroupMe ( A group chatting service that essentially brings private chat rooms to your mobile  phone but also includes  location sharing capabilities.

Availability:  Android/iOS/Blackberry

#Hashable ( Networking application geared towards working professionals that allows you to broadcast what you’re doing and where with colleagues via a hashtag entry

Availability:  Android/iOS

Instagram ( Photo-sharing application  that allows users to snap a photo, apply filters, add a comment and send it out for all the world to see

Availability:  iOS