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Officers Concerned Waze May Be Used for Police Stalking
Distributed Knowledge

Waze is known for helping its millions users worldwide to avoid traffic, find gas stations with the lowest prices, and point out any potential hazards on the road. The app also allows users to map police officers that they see while on their journey. That’s starting to become a point of contention, with some officers expressing concern that the feature promotes police stalking.

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Anton RootJan 27, 2015 08:33 pm GMT416 views
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Tongal's 2014 by the Numbers [Infographic]
Crowd Creativity

Tongal, the video crowdsourcing company, enjoyed a strong 2014. The company grew its community by 120 percent, completed 270 projects, and saw five of its community-produced short films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Tongal recently released an infographic showing some of its successes of the past year -- check it out after the jump!

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Anton RootJan 23, 2015 05:55 pm GMT1227 views
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RBS Partners with Funding Circle, Assetz Capital
Crowdfunding

The Royal Bank of Scotland announced yesterday that it's partnering up with two leading peer-to-peer lending platforms in the UK, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital. The deal brings further legitimacy to the P2P lending space.

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Anton RootJan 23, 2015 11:10 am GMT1760 views
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Newcastle Ale Takes a Novel Approach to Crowdsourcing a Super Bowl Ad
Crowd Creativity

Crowdsourced Super Bowl ads are nothing new. Two years ago, it seemed like everyone was doing it and several brands are once again turning to the crowd to make a splash in America’s biggest annual television event. Perhaps the most innovative crowdsourced ad campaign this year belongs to Newcastle Brown Ale — a brewery based in the United Kingdom.

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Anton RootJan 22, 2015 07:33 pm GMT2001 views
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TLC Crowdfunding Album on Kickstarter
Crowdfunding

TLC, the legendary R&B and hip hop group, announced this week that they’re putting out a new, fifth album, which will also be their last. To help make it possible, the duo has turned to the crowd, asking for fans to pledge money toward the album on Kickstarter. The campaign is off to a fast start, having already collected $110,000 of its $150,000 target.

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Anton RootJan 21, 2015 08:54 pm GMT1739 views
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Lending Club, Google Partner for Pilot Program
Crowdfunding

Lending Club, the San Francisco-based crowdlending platform, announced yesterday a pilot program with search giant Google to provide low-interest financing to eligible Google partners.

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Anton RootJan 16, 2015 08:58 pm GMT2254 views
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University Crowdsourcing a New UK Constitution
Distributed Knowledge

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, an occasion that will surely inspire countless historians, researchers, and political theorists to look back at the charter and evaluate its place in history. One department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, however, wishes to use the anniversary to look forward and attempt to improve on the current state of the political system in the UK.

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Anton RootJan 15, 2015 02:06 pm GMT1943 views
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Poptent and Userfarm Merge to Form Vizy
Crowd Creativity

US-based Poptent, which claims to be North America’s largest video production creative community, and Userfarm, one of the leading video crowdsourcing platforms in Europe, announced today that they’ve decided to join forces, merging to form the platform Vizy. The newly formed platform will allow brands to create crowdsourcing contests for the nearly 120,000 filmmakers in its community.

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Anton RootJan 14, 2015 07:39 pm GMT1394 views
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Report Examines Relationship Between Sharing Economy Startups and Regulators
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

Last month, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University put out a report titled ‘The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change.’ The paper, penned by Christopher Koopman, Matthew Mitchell, and Adam Thierer, discusses the relationship between sharing economy startups, incumbents in industries the startups are looking to disrupt, and government regulators.

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Anton RootJan 13, 2015 11:12 pm GMT2494 views
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Indiegogo Adds New ‘InDemand’ Feature
Crowdfunding

Indiegogo, one of the biggest global crowdfunding platforms, announced last week the public launch of its InDemand feature. InDemand allows project creators to use Indiegogo as an ecommerce platform once the project has reached its goal.

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Anton RootJan 12, 2015 10:15 pm GMT1463 views
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Kickstarter, Others Release 2014 Funding Numbers
Crowdfunding

Earlier this week, Kickstarter released its annual year recap, highlighting some of the best stories from the past year and revealing the amount of money it raised in 2014. The totals are impressive: 22,252 projects funded to the tune of $529 million — more than $1000 per minute, as the platform pointed out.

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Anton RootJan 09, 2015 07:01 pm GMT3638 views
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CrowdCharts Helps to Keep Crowdfunders Informed
Crowdfunding

With crowdfunding growing steadily across multiple sectors, a number of startups are popping up to help industry insiders and casual observers to make sense of just how big crowdfunding is. Some of the most useful sites have been those collecting data around individual campaigns — CrowdCharts, Kicktraq, and The Crowdfunding Centre, for instance. These sites show insightful data around how fast campaigns met their goals, how many users contributed on what days, and what strategies resulted in an uptick of pledges.

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Anton RootJan 08, 2015 08:09 pm GMT2097 views
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Fastest Growing Jobs on Freelancer [Infographic]
Cloud Labor

Earlier today, Freelancer put out a brief and an infographic (created by one of the freelancers on the platform, naturally) showing some of the fastest growing skill categories on its platform. The company also revealed that 74 percent of its users are 'millennials' (which it defines as between ages 18 and 34). Check out the infographic after the jump!

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Anton RootJan 07, 2015 11:42 pm GMT2544 views
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HeadFunder Drops Campaign Fees
Crowdfunding

At the end of last year, HeadFunder co-founder Chris LaBonty reached out to inform us that his platform has dropped all fees associated with its campaigns (save for the payment processing fees taken by WePay). It joins other platforms making similar changes, like Indiegogo and Tilt, which have also dropped fees for certain (but not all) campaigns. We reached out to LaBonty to ask about the change, and we share his answers below.

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Anton RootJan 07, 2015 07:25 pm GMT3287 views
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Kickstarter Drops Amazon Payments, Partners with Stripe
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, the leading creative crowdfunding platform, announced today that it has decided to end its long-standing partnership with Amazon Payments. The platform’s payment processing will now be handled by Stripe.

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Anton RootJan 06, 2015 09:41 pm GMT1883 views
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14 Real Estate Crowdfunding Lessons from 2014 [Video]
Crowdfunding

Scott Picken, the founder and CEO of the global real estate crowdfunding platform Wealth Migrate, recently sat down and shared some of his biggest lessons learned from 2014, focusing on real estate crowdfunding. Find out what his biggest takeaways from 2014 were, and what his thoughts are on succeeding in 2015 after the jump.

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Anton RootJan 05, 2015 07:32 pm GMT2415 views
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Mark Zuckerberg Crowdsourcing New Year’s Resolutions
Distributed Knowledge

Most of us make our New Year’s resolutions in private, sharing it with select family members and friends. When you’re the CEO of the largest social media network, though, it’s appropriate to be a little more public about your goals for the new year.

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Anton RootJan 02, 2015 02:52 pm GMT2064 views
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MicroPasts Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Archaeological Research
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

MicroPasts, a platform developed by University College London (UCL) and the British Museum, is bringing together academic researchers and laymen interested in archaeology and history to help create high-quality data and attempt to uncover secrets of the past. Read all about it after the jump!

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Anton RootDec 31, 2014 01:09 pm GMT3041 views
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CrowdFlower Predicts Data Science Trends for 2015 [Infographic]
Cloud Labor, Tools

Crowdsourcing and big data go well together. So it’s hardly surprising that the crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower recently put out an infographic predicting where data science is headed in 2015. Check it out after the jump!

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Anton RootDec 30, 2014 06:24 pm GMT4188 views
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Crowdfunding Campaign Set Up to Help Malaysia Floods Victims
Crowdfunding

Malaysia is currently affected by the worst flooding in a decade, with as many a quarter million people displaced from their homes, according to Reuters. The flooding has killed 21 people in the country’s Northeast, which was hit hardest by the flooding. Countries, corporations, and organizations have opened up their wallets in order to aid those affected by the disaster. And now, the platform FundedByMe is asking the crowd to pitch in whatever they can to help the victims of the flooding.

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Anton RootDec 30, 2014 05:30 pm GMT2025 views
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