It has been relatively quiet when it comes to launching new webservices/products/companies lately. A global recession does that to the world. But recently there have been a few new services worth mentioning:
foursquare: Not available in London (come on guys!) yet, this company has been launched by Naveen Salvadurai and Dennis Crowley, who was one of the guys who founded dodgeball.com before it got bought (and ruined) by Google in 2005. It’s all about using the location based technology of your mobile phone to have fun and find new ways to explore the city. Like dodgeball, it helps you meet up with your friends and (here’s the game part) let you earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places, doing new things and meeting new people. It sounds like a cross between Qype (a local search website for restaurants, bars etc) and dodgeball (an early location based social network).
lazyfeed: there has always been a tonne of information flying around the net, and google helped you find it all. Then Twitter happened and we all realised that what we actually needed was information about what is happening now as well as yesterday. There is too much information. Lazyfeed pulls in your footprint (or sites/keywords you are interested in) online (through services like Twitter, blogs, Flickr and delicious) and presents you with the latest and greatest content without you having to look for it. Great for lazy people It is in private beta right now, but if you follow them on twitter here, I am sure they’ll let you know when new invites become available.
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