shaker-avatarYep, this is a first of many Tuesday editions to come as I have decided to make Tuesdays worthwhile for you by sharing the most interesting tech news around the week. You will also get a little taste of my daily life story.

Well, I got to dance, chat and have a drink with strangers (who now happen to be acquaintances) at a TechCrunch virtual floor hosted by Shaker on Facebook last week. I also had the chance of peeping into the newly updated blogger interface that now makes it easier for bloggers to stay up to date with their reading list. And yes, the disrupters at Techcrunch were at it again with hackers showing off the beauty of their ingenuity.

Shaker steals the Show at TC Disrupt San Francisco

Shaker, an Israeli startup application that intends to turn Facebook into a bar via social gaming turned out the best of seven finalists in a tech competition dubbed the Disrupt hosted by TechCrunch that also saw three other Israeli startups reach the finals. describes Shaker as an application that brings social networks to life by allowing people to interact in real time in a shared environment, making the online social experience of hanging out with friends and meeting new people, feel natural finally.

I spent the better part of my Monday morning hanging out with friends, sipping on cold beers and dancing to the tunes of some cool music all thanks to Shaker. Indeed, it cannot be denied that online social experience has finally taken a natural turn. In fact, why don't you try it out for yourself here, then, you can later put me to task with your experience.

New Blogger Interface

Those of you who use Blogger might be familiar with the new look interface for the backend. Its a move towards simplicity as the design and layout are made more intuitive with the functions of the website being more accessible through buttons and links on the interface.  There is also the use of client side scripts to improve on interactivity. Good thing though, is that users have the options of using either of the two interfaces.

Techcrunch Disrupt
techcrunch-disruptThe last Techcrunch Disrupt held was in May of 2011 in New York where startup GetAround scooped the Disrupt Cup and $50 000. Last week saw another Disrupt this time held in San Francisco where Israeli Startup Shaker scooped the cup and prize money from Seven Finalists who included  Bitcasa, Cake Health, Farmigo, Prism Skylabs, Shaker, TalkTo, and Trello. The next Techcrunch Disrupt seems to be heading to Beijing, China from October 31st to November 1st 2011. The event starts of with a Hackathon days earlier from the main Event where Battlefield finalists conduct reheasals.

My Reading list of the Week:
-The Fashion Notebook

Here is the little taste I promised you earlier. Its music and Jango is my favorite online music player. I'll let you get to the lyrics of the rest of the story by yourself.

Related Technology News

The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

mingle-introThere's a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it's not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It's about discovering the people who are nearby you now - the ones you probably would like to meet.

This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the checkin apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, the automated discovery of nearby folks via Sonar and Banjo, the group chatting in Yobongo, and the micro-networks that emerge through LoKast. All of these companies are playing with the idea of location-based networks, attempting to connect you to others around you through varying means.

At this week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, even more services emerged to compete in this space, too.
Buddy Media Launches Intelligent Facebook Data And Analytics Platform For Marketers

buddymediaFresh with new funding, Buddy Media, a company that provides Facebook Page and social media management tools to brands, is launching ConversionBuddy, a data and analytics platform for brand marketers.

Buddy Media provides an all-in-one social media management system to help create, manage and track social campaigns on Facebook. The platform lets brand managers agencies create, manage and track Facebook pages in a variety of languages to drive and increase user and brand engagement. Users don’t need to have any prior FBML knowledge to create pages on Facebook and can create sleek and interactive pages fairly easily.
Local Recommendations App Alfred Hits iPad, Plans To Add Deal Curation Soon

alfredlogoLocal recommendations mobile app Alfred has arrived in a new, iPad-optimized format (iTunes) which includes deeper integration with Facebook. The optional Facebook Connect sign-in feature enables Alfred to better learn about its users' preferences by mining Facebook data for likes and check-ins.

Alfred, which comes from a startup called Clever Sense, is focused heavily on its use of algorithms to surface recommendations as a differentiating factor between it and other, similar applications.


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