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12 Holiday Gifts for The Techie

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the techie—where utility meets style and gadgetry—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

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In the book:

This Thanksgiving, Pick the Winners of NFL Games on Pickmoto's Mobile App


A long time ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Michigan, part of the background every Thanksgiving day at my aunt’s house on Oxbow Lake was the Detroit Lions football game on TV.

The Lions still carry on that tradition, as do a few other NFL teams, and thanks to a brand new little startup started by three guys out of their apartment in San Francisco, this Thanksgiving football fans have a new way to enjoy these classic games with others.

Twist Takes the #OMW Tag Out of Real-World Meetings

Twist is about time,” says founder and CEO Bill Lee. “If you’ve ever wasted time waiting for someone, then you know the problem we are trying to solve.”

Lee says the idea for the app, which is available in iOS and will be in android soon, came to him last year when, as an angel investor, he had around 200 meetings.

New Site Helps You Track Down Your Stolen Bike

Bike Theft

There’s nothing worse than coming out of a restaurant or shop and walking toward the bike rack or parking meter where you left your shiny, beloved bike and seeing the spot empty. Bike theft is heartbreaking. And frankly, way too common.

But thanks to the fine and geeky folks at San Francisco-based Pricenomics, you don’t have to spend your days obsessively searching every Craigslist in the Bay Area looking for your precious ride. You can search for it in one spot: Racklove.

Learnist is a Multimedia Social Learning Platform for Everyone


Farb Nivi, founder and chief product officer of the social learning company Grockit, calls the company’s latest product, Learnist, a “multimedia collaborative interactive ebook for the future.”

Four Wine Apps to Take for a Swirl

Because both the world of wine and the world of wine apps can be overwhelming, we’ve asked Napa-based social media and tech gurus of the wine world, VinTank, to recommend a few of their favorite new apps that were both released in 2012 and which they expect to continue to be useful well into 2013.<--break->

Threadlife Helps You Stitch 3-Second Clips Into Life Threads


Two weeks ago, Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn and BLITZ agency co-founder Ken Martin launched Threadlife, a social video iOS app that allows you to capture and share “threads” of strung-together three-second video clips they call “stitches.”

Wheelz Enters Car-Sharing Market, Backed by Zipcar and Bill Ford


As of the past month, the car-sharing sector has another serious competitor in San Francisco, as well on numerous campuses around the state. It’s called Wheelz.

Launched last year, initially at Stanford, the company now operates from its headquarters on Tenth Street in the city.

StumbleUpon's New Look


It’s been a busy year over at what is arguably the web’s top discovery engine, StumbleUpon.

From its offices in SoMA, the company has relaunched its website, plus apps for the iPhone and iPad, and most recently a new version of its product for Windows 8, for tablets and PCs.

Copious: A Personalized Social Marketplace That Gets Smarter as You Use It

Copious is a personalized social marketplace where people can buy and sell things to each other.

Like Pandora or Spotify, Copious gets smarter about you and your tastes the more you use it to browse the site, follow other users, “love” styles or clothes, and ultimately buy or sell some of those items.

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