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Friday
Dec022011

Social Travel Engine Tripl Lets You Pimp Your Profile



Travel recommendation network Tripl lets you add trips, recommend people to see worldwide and earn points based on how global you are.

Sweden-based Tripl went live in September but recently revamped its service with the addition of profiles that feature a bio line, trip timeline, showcase of services like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, and passion and interest tags.

When you first sign up, Tripl asks you to...

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Thursday
Dec012011

It's About Time: Spotify iPad App Is Coming Soon

[ Spotify for iPad concept image courtesy of Cult of Mac. ]

Spotify is reportedly currently working on an iPad app and should be coming out soon, Spotify's UK Media Director Chris Mapes told Pocket-lint in an exclusive interview.
 
Maples says that the iPad app is "a priority" and "absolutely in the pipeline." He also hinted that Spotify might follow Amazon's lead and manufacture its own hardware for music playback.

"At the moment we're absolutely not a manufacturing business but if consumers demand something cool that we should create ourselves and we think we could do it better than anyone else, who knows?" Mapes says.

The Spotify apps, which were just announced yesterday, are only...

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Thursday
Dec012011

Google+ Goes After Skype, Adds Voice Calling to Hangouts



For people who don't use Google+ or simply don't quite understand how to Hangout, you can now communicate with those people via a voice calling feature in Hangouts with extras.

"We are constantly listening to feedback so that we can make Hangouts even better for Google+ users, and we're excited by the really cool ways people are using the product," Jarkko Oikarinen writes on Google+. "Today we’re making it possible to make phone calls from inside a hangout, so you can dial people into the room from wherever they’re at. (Helpful for party lines and conference calls alike.)"

To use the free feature, visit Hangouts with Extras to make a call to anyone in the US or Canada but to make an international call, you must use your Google Voice account. From the top of the Hangouts window, click Invite and then Phone.

Skype, on the other hand...

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Thursday
Dec012011

Superangel Dave McClure Takes on Incubator "Haters" Following WSJ Report



It's safe to say PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and 500 Startups accelerator founder Dave McClure are probably not friends. Levchin told the Wall Street Journal in an article out last night that there's a glut of accelerators and me-too startups coming out of them.

Levchin said the current crop -- including Y Combinator and TechStars -- are "designed to reduce risk, while I plan to actively increase risk." Levchin is about to launch a company that works on what the WSJ described as "ambitious ideas" that most existing incubators don't encourage.

McClure's first response to the article came in a colorful tweet last night in which he rewrote the article headline: "RT @WSJ: Some Pussies Fear Glut in Tech Incubators, Others Say "Fuck That Noise" & Write Checks. http://on.wsj.com/u0JJ8T cc @500 @Ycombinator."

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Thursday
Dec012011

(RED) and ONE Use Klout to Get Influential People to Fight AIDS



In observance of World AIDS Day today, Klout teamed up with (RED) and ONE to offer influential people a chance to fight AIDS by 2015. As long as you have a Klout score of 10+, you can be one of the first people to add your panel to the digital (2015)Quilt.

"We're very excited to be a part of this initiative with (RED) and ONE to fight for an AIDS Free Generation," Klout Senior Marketing Manager Megan Berry tells LAUNCH via email. "This Perk is one of our most open and we expect the numbers to grow exponentially today as we push it out further."

(RED) and ONE International are two organizations designed to help prevent and eliminate AIDS. As the Klout blog states, 1K babies are born with HIV every day and by 2015, that number could be zero. 

Since the (2015)QUILT represents everyone who is fighting to end AIDS by generation 2015, anyone with Klout of 10+ -- the default Klout score -- can participate. We asked Klout how many users have made panels, but Megan says they will report numbers at the end of the campaign.

[ See screen shots after the jump. ]

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