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A movie directed by Andrew Dosunmu, Restless City, has been awarded the Best Long Feature Film and the Best Cinematography at the inaugural Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) held recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. It production was done by Clam Prods.
Andrew Dosunmu vividly captures the pulsating dynamic of New York city’s pan-African community, a robust aggregation that subsists amid an often hostile foreign environment.
The jury was made up of South African producer, Letebele Masemola-Jones; French/Tunisian filmmaker Karim Dridi; Ethiopian director, Solomon BekeleWeya; African Screens editor, Don Dewale Omope and Ioana-Frederique Westhoff from the ACP Films Programme.
Social networking giant, Facebook has continues to expand its equity by acquired Gowalla, a location sharing service.
Photo: Facebook users can sign up to Gowalla with using their account,
a snapshot from Gowallaâ€™s frontpage
The sum of the deal is undisclosed but its known that most of Gowallaâ€™s employees, including founder Josh Williams, will move to Facebookâ€™s offices in Palo Alto to work on Facebookâ€™s Timeline feature. The Timeline was presented at this yearâ€™s F8 conference and is currently rolling out to Facebookâ€™s 800 million members. Some Gowalla employees will stay in Austin and work out of Facebookâ€™s local office there.
The Gowalla team will be working on Facebook Timeline, with most of the team moving to Facebookâ€™s Palo Alto headquarters and some remaining in Gowallaâ€™s hometown of Austin, where Facebook has an office as well, CNN reported.
Gowalla, which has raised $10.4 million to date, first launched at SXSW 2009 â€” going head-to-head against Foursquare, with a stronger emphasis on virtual goods (and nicer icons) than their competitor. But Foursquare overtook Gowalla in popularity by a large margin, prompting the startup to reinvent itself earlier this year.
The new product moves away from displaying a time-based feed of your friendsâ€™ recent check-ins, and focuses instead on creating Stories around the places you and your friends have visited, clustering together photos that show off your adventures (there is also a Guides section that lays out where you should visit in a given city).
In other words, itâ€™s not too dissimilar to Facebookâ€™s Timeline feature, which is also designed to group clusters of activity into more cohesive stories, as opposed to just a reverse-chronological feed. And it would make perfect sense for Facebook to start featuring location checkins and photos tagged with GPS coordinates into Timeline stories.
According to CNN, the Austin-based Gowalla was launched in 2009 as a sharing service but lost in a competition with Foursquare. Recently, Gowalla started to position itself as a geolocation service. The site had raised around $10 million over the years from backers including the Founders Fund, Greylock Partners and a collection of angel investors.
The Facebookâ€™s deal has not yet been publicly announced yet but the source that preferred to stay anonymous commented saying: â€œItâ€™s a perfect match. As far as the big picture, Gowallaâ€™s vision is about people telling stories, and Facebookâ€™s vision for Timeline is about stories about important moments in life.â€
Facebook is famous for buying promising startups and killing them off to deploy their engineers and developers on other projects. Its hit list includes Beluga, Hot Potato, Drop.io, Snaptu, Digital Staircase, among more than a dozen others. Probably, Gowalla has the same destiny, on the Facebookâ€™s profit.
Towards encouraging students to make a difference in the world through the power of technology, Microsoft has again launched the 2012 Imagine Cup technology competition challenging students from around the world to find solutions to the toughest problems of the modern world.
The Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals will be held in Sydney, Australia, in July 2012.
The Imagine Cup was launch in 2003 and have seen over 1.4 million students participated in the competition with 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registering for the Imagine Cup 2011 competition.
Every year a new country is selected to be a platform for the worldwide competition. To participate in the Imagine Cup 2012 students can choose from three team competitionsâ€”Software Design, Game Design: Xbox/Windows, and Game Design: Phone or take on the IT Challenge. Each of the 3 competitions suggests participants to imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. IT students can take part without a team.
There is also a Windows Phone Challenge sponsored by Nokia. Students are to create software that can make a broad impact in the world. They can also add device-focused utility, and finish with an outstanding Windows Phone user experience.
Participant most be 16 years of age or older to enter the project; any student attending an accredited high school or college (either full-time or part-time) can be a part of the competition. Graduated students are still eligibleâ€”as long as they were enrolled as a student between January 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012.
Participants most not also be an employee or intern of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary. Students from all countries except Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria can participate.
Judges are typically industry experts, journalists, sponsors, educators, and Microsoft staff from around the world.
Students can join the Imagine Cup on Facebook or Twitter. Registration and participation is available on the dedicated web site.
Photo: Last yearâ€™s finalists team, a snapshot from www.imaginecup.com
As speculated, eBay this week announced the integration of Facebookâ€™s new Open Graph functionality into its Magento and GSI global commerce platforms. At its X.commerce Innovate Developer Conference 2011, the company said the move will allow developers to build new social shopping experiences for millions of consumers and retailers of all sizes.
Today is the last day eBay is running its X.commerce conference in San Francisco launched on October 12. The event marks the official launch of the companyâ€™s new X.commerce division, which will target e-commerce software developers, says Reuters.
Both companies have a partnership that allows the purchase of Facebook self-serve ads and Facebook Credits using PayPal, eBays payment system that was just upgraded to offer a new service. The service will let users shop across the Web using just their PayPal email credentials and password and there will be no need in typing the credit card information, billing and shipping addresses etc.