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Mine is a Social Ownership Directory of People and Products

“We are trying to do something that's never been pulled off -- to build a platform where it is easy for people to share what they've bought,” says Mine co-founder and CEO Pierre Legrain. “We are about creating a directory of ownership, of people and their recent purchasing history of items they want to share.”

At first glance, this may remind you of the ill-fated startup Blippy, which allowed people to see what their friends were purchasing with credit cards in real-time.

“So it turns out that almost nobody wants people to check out their purchases,” was the memorable way Alexia Tsotsis started off her Blippy obit in TechCrunch in May 2011.

OrderAhead Makes It Easy To Order Takeout Food

Ordering food for pickup can sometimes be problematic.

First, you have to place the order by speaking to someone over the phone; next you often have to stand in line at the restaurant to pick it up; and then you have to pull out your wallet to pay at the register.

After all of that, it’s not uncommon -- once you get back home or to your office -- to discover that mistakes have been made.

Shopular Alerts You to the Best Deals When You Enter a Mall

Most people this holiday season will have spent a lot of money shopping in those good old brick and mortar stores in malls, probably with a smartphone in their pocket the entire time.

A few will have taken the effort to locate the best deals and coupons ahead of time, and to clip or print them out, and then actually remember to bring them along on the shopping trip.

The rest of us, however, will have missed out on some pretty good deals.

Shopular wants to fix this.

Wrapp Aims to Make Online Gift-Carding as "Easy as Saying Happy Birthday on Facebook"

As I key in these words, so many gift cards are being exchanged across the US that–if you listen closely–you can almost hear them swishing by, rather like reindeer pulling an invisible sleigh.

It’s estimated to be roughly a $110 billion/year market and the average American now gives about five gift cards per year–the vast majority of them right now, during the holiday shopping season.

Gift Ideas for the Tech-Savvy Person in Your Life

This holiday season, there is, of course, a vast array of flashy tech gadgets, including many product upgrades, available for you to buy for those on your list.

Beyond all the tablets, e-readers, and HD-TVs, however, are other gifting options, including some that you may not have considered yet.

Dropcam's Online Video Monitoring Includes Growing Number of Public Cams

DropCam

SF-based Dropcam, which provides HD WiFi Video monitoring and online DVR recording so you can check on your kids, pets, or anything else remotely, manages a massive amont of of video in the cloud.

“We take in more video than YouTube by an order of magnitude,” says company co-founder and CEO Greg Duffy. “And that video is accessible for all devices, laptops, android, iOS, including the iPad from anywhere in the world.”

BuyVia's App Alerts You to Deals at Nearby Stores, Helps Find the Best Prices

BuyVia

New research from the smart shopping service BuyVia indicates that 40 percent of all shoppers are “showrooming” this holiday season, i.e., taking photos or scanning or examining products in retail stores with mobile apps before deciding where to buy those products at the best price.

Meanwhile, a recent Nielsen survey found that 78 percent of mobile shoppers have used their device to locate a physical store, and 63 percent have checked prices online while shopping.

Farmigo Brings Online Farmers Markets to You

Farmigo

If you like buying fresh food at the farmers market and supporting local farmers, you’ve got a brand new option as of today in San Francisco, and that is to set up your own localized weekly delivery site and manage it online.

Farmigo is launching this initiative here and in New York, with other cities to follow soon.

Desti is a Siri-Like Travel App for Northern California Outings

Desti App

Since Apple introduced Siri last year, millions of people have become familiar with the intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator.

Now, another artificial intelligence app that uses a natural language user interface is on the scene.

Colorized, an App That turns Your iPhone into a Social Sketchpad

Colorized

A little more than six months ago, Yan-David Erlich was sitting in a restaurant when he noticed a waiter bring a black-and-white coloring pad plus some crayons to the children sitting at the next table.

“I started wondering what the online equivalent of that was,” he recalls. “And I realized that while it’s hard to draw with a mouse, it’s easy when you use your fingers on a touchscreen.”

That realization led to Colorized, an iPhone app that facilitates “social sketching.”

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