Vowch recently launched a social recommendation platform where people can share things that they to a community of friends and followers.
Swell’s mobile app delivers an audio stream of up-to-date, curated news and information, and learns from your preferences to make personalized recommendations.
Parakweet’s core product Bookvibe combines natural language processing and social-media analytics to find the books that are right for you.
Referly launched its public beta today, which helps online businesses create referral programs to expand their markets.
idreambooks.com launched this week in an effort to help people read less rubbish. The site aggregates literary reviews from publications like the NYTimes and Washington Post and recommends books that were given a positive rating by 70% of critics.
[Update: it looks like $4.5 million of the funding on the document is part of Idle Games' last round, announced at TechCrunch Disrupt 2011. The second round of funding is worth $10 million]
According to a recent Foursquare post on Twitter, the company just had the next version of its iPhone application approved by Apple. (The post thanked “SantaJobs,” apparently a reference to Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs.)
SoGeo, a service that collects and analyzes location data for users, today announced the launch of Whatser. It’s a free mobile application that suggests where to go based on places that you like and that your friends like.
Jinni, a content discovery system for movies and TV shows, was recently named one of the first partners for Google TV. To find out more about the features that will come out of that partnership, we contacted the Israeli startup for details.
It’s no secret that companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google study our behavior to recommend products or push advertising our way.