Placecast helps location services share their data

Placecast, a company that lets retailers send mobile advertisements to nearby shoppers, today announced that it’s releasing free tools that should help various location-based systems communicate. making its available for free. The tool is positioned to help correct a looming problem that is multiple references to the same location across the variety of location-based systems.

Wikipedia prepares for user interface lift

The Wikimedia Foundation, creators of popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, just announced that during the week of April 5, the site will begin rolling out changes in the default user interface settings for projects. The changes should make for a better user experience in finding and sharing content, according to the company’s blog.

Bing to start roll-out of new search features

Microsoft unveiled some interesting new features to it’s Bing search engine today at the Search Engine Strategies conference in New York City. While the new features are available to some, the company said the majority of users will see the roll-out happen over the next couple weeks.

G-Recorder Pro brings Skype conversations to the cloud

IM-History, developer of G-Recorder, a tool that allows Skype users to record their chats and calls into email services like Gmail, today announced the launch of G-Recorder Pro. The upgraded tool will bring its features to a wider audience, including users of Google Apps, Yahoo Mail, AOL and other IMAP compatible hosted email servers (MS Exchange and Zimbra) — for a higher price.

Life360 aquires item-recovery service Foundog

Life360, an online platform of safety and security widgets you can use to protect your family, today announced it has acquired item-recovery service Foundog for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help support Life360’s item-recovery services for corporate customers.

Smartling lands $4M, continues frenzy of web translation

It looks like competition among translation startups is heating up, with a number of companies popping up making substantial announcements in the last few months. Smartling, a startup that helps businesses to better use their websites by speaking to customers in their native language in real time, announced today it has secured a first round of funding for $4 million.

GeoSentric finds $11M more for location-based mobile networking

Riding the wave of location-based application announcements, GeoSentric, maker of GyPSii, a real-time geo-social networking platform for many different handsets, announced today that it landed $11 million in funding (PDF). The news was bundled in the release of the company’s Tweetsii application, which combines tweets and location based “check-ins,” popularized by mobile applications like Foursquare.

Twitter helps spread Formspring.me hoax

Twitter is abuzz today with a story attributed to popular news wire service The Associated Press. The new trending topic spotlights Formspring.me, a social network that lets users create profiles to post and answer questions anonymously, and its CEO, who was supposedly arrested two days ago for an elaborate scheme to release private customer information to the public on April 1.

Turiya Media targets game publishers with behavioral data mining

Looking to stake a claim in the online gaming market, Turiya Media today announced the launch of its Leafnode product, which helps game publishers better retain and monetize their customers through mining and analyzing behavioral data. The company is also competing as a finalist today in the startup competition our GamesBeat@GDC conference in San Francisco.

Transpond launches do-it-yourself social app development

Creating a social application can be a great way to attract an online audience, but it’s often expensive and time consuming, especially for those without the technical expertise. Transpond, a development platform for custom social and mobile applications, today announced the launch of  TAP Social to make creating and deploying applications a breeze.

UK politicians are latest victims of Twitter phishing attack

A wave of Twitter phishing attacks have hit many users over the past couple of days. While there has been a consistent stream of these attacks throughout the course of  Twitter’s history, two have managed to spread aggressively and seem to be infiltrating some well established political and media circles in the United Kingdom.