Nextdoor Brings Its Neighborhood-Focused Social Network To The iPhone With Debut Of Native iOS App
Nextdoor, the company that lets people interact with their local neighbors on private social networks, has launched its first native mobile app for iOS, Nextdoor for the iPhone. The launch comes amidst an apparently strong period of growth for Nextdoor. In an interview this week, CEO Nirav Tolia said that Nextdoor now has networks created for 12,600 neighborhoods across all 50 states, which is 50 percent up from just three months ago when Nextdoor had some 8,000 neighborhoods created on its system and a significant boost from late March when it crossed the 10,000 neighborhood line.
Jawfish Games Launches Its Real-Time, Multiplayer Platform For iOS, Android
Jawfish Games, a Seattle-based startup run by a former professional poker player and the engineering team that built the Fult Tilt Poker site, launched a gaming platform that can host more than 100,000 simultaneous players in real-time tournaments across iOS, Android and the web. While asynchronous, turn-based games have done well on mobile platforms and Facebook over the last five years, pure, real-time multiplayer games haven’t caught on as quickly partially because data connections haven’t been fast enough and because a game developer would need a critical mass of players to match them synchronously. But Jawfish, which has raised $3.65 million in funding from firms like Founders Fund’s angel fund, Right Side Capital and other angels, says it has built a platform to do just that. Their platform can support more than 100,000 simultaneous players and host 1 million tournaments for less than $10 in bandwidth. They initially came out with a few games in partnership with Seattle’s Big ...
Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Further Personalize Homepage Newsfeed
Yahoo and Twitter have partnered to bring tweets directly into Yahoo homepage’s newsfeed on web and mobile, the company announced this morning. The move follows a relaunch of the front page back in February of this year. At the time, the company debuted a redesigned site with an increased emphasis on personalization, as well as a more modern design. The Twitter partnership expands upon this earlier mission involving personalization – a key focus for Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer – noting that Yahoo will now ”seamlessly include relevant and personalized tweets alongside stories from Yahoo! and our other sources.” These tweets will now appear directly in the Yahoo news feed, which offers an endlessly scrollable stream of content, divided into sections like “All Stories,” “News,” “Local,” “Entertainment,” “Sports,” and more. The headlines which come from Twitter accounts will be indicated by referencing the source by its Twitter handle (e.g. “@ABCWorldNews” ...
Mobile Payments Startup ZooZ Debuts In-Ad Payments (Yes, “Ad” Not “App”)
Fresh off its $2 million in Series A funding, in-app mobile payments platform ZooZ is announcing a new product today: in-ad payments. Yes, that’s right, “ad” not “app.” The big idea here is to streamline the checkout process for consumers by addressing some of the challenges with e-commerce on mobile’s small screen, and now connecting that process to mobile banner ads to increase click-to-buy conversions. With in-ad payments, mobile users will be able checkout by tapping once on a visible banner ad within a mobile app, which then launches ZooZ’s checkout flow. As with ZooZ’s previously launched in-app payments product, the fully native checkout experience here doesn’t require the end user to re-enter their credit card or payment details after their initial sign-up. For those unfamiliar with ZooZ, the company has been focused on rethinking e-commerce on mobile, with a checkout process that’s designed to reduce cart abandonment. As CEO Oren Levy explained to us last summer, ...
Loop Makes It Easy To Conduct Real-Time Surveys Via iPad
Loop co-founder and CEO Rajit Marwah argued that "surveys and reviews are everywhere" — but they're often ignored or delayed. With his new startup, on the other hand, Marwah said he's giving businesses a way to create and conduct those surveys instantly. When a business downloads the Loop iOS app, they can use one of the app's survey templates (the templates are based on business type, such as restaurant or hotel) or create a survey from scratch, then share the it via email, Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else where you can post a link.