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Crowdfunding news continued to dominate in the crowdsourcing world this past week, with the advancement of a bill to legalize equity crowdfunding in the U.S. advancing to President Obama's desk -- he's now expected to sign the bill into law sometime in the next few days, paving the way for the SEC to begin its rule-making process. But there was plenty of other interesting developments this week, including at least one cool new beer bottle:
This week Ars Technica introduced us to Runmycode, a new tool that addresses the problem of "reproducibility" in the various research fields by providing a simple means "to test the code and conclusions from any scholarly business or economics paper." Runmycode produces a system to test a paper's assertions in under an hour and is available free thanks to the efforts of the French non-profit and instiutions behind it.
ToGather is hoping to replicate the success of platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo in Asia. Based in Singapore, the site serves 18 Asian countries and uses a donation model like its American cousins. It's currently in beta at togather.asia.
Crowdfunding continues to become a buzz word in areas you'd never expect -- like American football. This past week we heard about the A-11 Football League's plan to use its own crowdfunding platform to allow fans to fund the future of a potential franchise in their hometown. Details are yet to be revealed, but A-11FL says it plans to have its first season in the Spring of 2013 with teams in at least ten cities, all orchestrated with the help of Funding Launch Pad.
Finally, following up on an item from last week's roundup, a winner was chosen in the international effort to crowdsource a new design for Heineken's 140th anniversarry bottle. This was one of the more involved such contests we've seen so far. Mexican design student Rodolfo and freelance designer Lee, from Australia, connected 9,000+ miles on Facebook to create the winning design. You can watch how the story ends below: