Entrepreneur Pritesh Gandhi remembers the early years of starting his own company, Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that designs digital information displays. Gandhi, who founded the company along with two MIT graduate students, says having offices near MIT helped the startup gain credibility in its early days. Gandhi often brought potential investors to the Media Lab, where the group’s work was displayed.
Unsubscribe.com, the Los Angeles–based startup that makes security and privacy tools for email and social networking applications, has been acquired by TrustedID, a Palo Alto, Calif.–based credit and identity protection technology firm. Financial details of the deal have not been announced.
New startup “Blether” (it’s technically written “!blether”) provides a dead-simple way to quickly initiate a private chat room with other Twitter users. You begin a tweet with “!b”, add whomever you want to chat with (you can add multiple people), and your message. Basically, your tweet would look something like: !b @person-one @person-two Hey, do you guys have a quick second to chat?
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!blether works by continuously scanning Twitter in search of the “!b” command. When it receives the command in a user’s Tweet, all Twitter handles mentioned in the Tweet will receive an @mention with a link to a private group chat on !blether’s platform. Only users mentioned in the Tweet will have access to the group chat unless invited by the organizer of the chat.