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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

San Francisco is a great place to be a geek. The city is home to hundreds of startups including big names like Twitter, Craigslist and Zynga. Silicon Valley itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for everyone.

In such …

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Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… bonfire.

Be there or be (four)square

Fast forward to November 2nd 2010, the day residents of San Francisco decided to celebrate the Giants (another baseball team) World Series title with a little more (ahem) vigor than average. Tech savvy fans created a “Giants Riot” location on Foursquare. Around 300 people checked in with tips like “Pick up cars” and “Set things on fire!”. That night, live video and audio streams were followed by thousands online, while Twitter was …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers of this blog know, there is nothing we like more than discussing strange and new types of crowdsourcing. From weird music-related experiments to the incidence of expressions such as “I need to” during the Mad Men era , we try to keep you informed with what is going on across our industry.

Every now and then, however, we use this forum to talk …

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Better shred than read: DARPA uses competitive crowdsourcing to revive destroyed documents

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… entries in ahead of everyone else and a full two days before the deadline. The team of only three San Francisco based programmers had just 35 days to complete the task. They spent 600 man-hours spent building the algorithms which made suggestions of shreds that might fit together.

Suspicious finds

DARPA claims they came up with the Shredder Challenge for soldiers to use in the battlefield (presumably for when they find that bunker full of shredded MapQuest directions to the W.M.Ds) and …

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If you’ve ever started your own business, you’ll know that it’s not all champagne and billion-dollar IPOs. For any number of reasons, most new businesses die slow, painful deaths (but not before sucking up every dollar in a surrounding 3 mile radius).

One month into starting her own branded-stationary company, Mariam Naficy was well aware of this. Her company, Minted …

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