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Tech News: SocialSafe Takes the Lead in Social Media Archiving Race

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Plus: End-of-year round-ups and let's all look back and laugh at Apple Maps.

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MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL This column brings you the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology. Happy holidays, and let's get to it!

TechCrunch
Link: SocialSafe Raises $400K to Out-Archive Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
"SocialSafe, the social media back-up tool co-founded by Julian Ranger's iBundle and 1minus1, has announced that it's raised £250,000 (~$400k) in what's being called a Series A round. That's because Ranger, who is a prominent angel investor in the UK, has already funded the startup to the tune of £300k, bringing the total raised by SocialSafe to £550k (~$885k).

"SocialSafe is a Mac/Windows app built using Adobe Air which lets users download and back-up their content from social media accounts, with support for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google+ (NASDAQ:GOOG), Instagram, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), Twitter, and Viadeo. The resulting archive is then searchable or can be browsed via a handy calendar view."

ReadWrite
Link: The Three Smartphone Business Trends That Mattered Most In 2012
"It is impossible to do a year-end review of the mobile ecosystem and not mention the thermonuclear patent wars. Patents are the story of the year in mobile - with billion dollar lawsuits, injunctions, cease-and-desist letters and patent trolls all marching us down the road to chaos.
Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have battled patent lawsuits across the globe to dramatic (and something amusing) results."

Wired
Link: From Apple Maps To Epic Hacks: The Year's Top Tech Fails
"2012 saw the launch of a hundred dazzling new products and services ... and more than a few stinky duds.

"Apple Maps sent us driving straight into the desert instead of our intended town. Security fail after security fail left us scrambling to change our passwords and keep our digital identities secure. And stunning, colorful industrial design couldn't save Nokia (NYSE:NOK) from another dismal year of finances. Gadget Lab collected this year's most splendidly horrendous products and events and rounded them up for you to groan over."

The Next Web
Link: VLC for Windows 8 Reaches $65,000 Funding Goal on Kickstarter With Five Days to Spare
"A Metro version of VLC, the popular free and open-source media player, is coming to Windows 8 (NASDAQ:MSFT). On Sunday, the VideoLAN organization reached its funding goal on Kickstarter for its Windows 8-specific app. There are also plans to port it afterwards to Windows Phone 8.

"The project has now been funded by over 2,500 backers, who have pledged more than the £40,000 ($65,000) goal. Yet there are still five days left, meaning the project could hit £45,000 or may be even £50,000 ($81,000)."

New York Times Bits
Link: A Million Users Desert BlackBerry, and Revenue 48%
"Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) said on Thursday that it lost a million BlackBerry owners worldwide during the company's last financial quarter, the first such decline in the device's history, Ian Austen reported on Friday in The New York Times.

"It reported other bad news as well, a month before introducing its new BlackBerry 10 phones to the public. Revenue fell 48% in the company's fiscal third quarter, which ended Dec. 1, to $2.7 billion from $5.2 billion a year earlier. RIM's shares fell about 9% in after-hours trading. Before RIM's announcement, shares closed at $14.12, up for the day by 3.6%."
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