Location App Highlight Gets Clever Update That Features… Highlights

Screen Shot 2012-03-08 at 8.13.01 AMThere are a few use cases for using hot background location app Highlight, cofounder Paul Davison explains to me. You just met someone and you want them to find out more about you. You want to note that someone is particularly interesting for future reference. And, you want to see which friends are nearby, or have recently left.

The app is getting a set of updates today that should make it more useful in all of these situations.

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Trippy Launches New Visual Browsing Experience; Adds Kevin Rose, Celebs As Advisors

Trippy_BoardDetail_SFFor those unfamiliar, Trippy is a social travel web and mobile app that operates on the assumption that travel recommendations are best served on a silver, friendsourced platter. That is to say, Trippy’s platform, which ties your favorite social networks into its platform to allow friends to comment on your itinerary, feedback, and so on, advances the notion that travel recommendations and destination discovery is most effective when emanating from people who you implicitly trust.

Trippy debuted in private beta at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in September, launched open beta in October, and raised $1.75 million in November from VCs like Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, True Ventures, and angel investors including Rob Solomon, Tim Ferriss, Brian Lee, Gil Ebaz, Randi Zuckerberg, Jason Mraz, and Rachel Zoe.

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Kismet Combines Check-Ins, Background Location And More — A SXSW Dark Horse?

Meetings_ProfileOut of the slew of new location apps vying for users at SXSW this weekend, Highlight and Glancee are looking like the standouts. They both have subtle ways of connecting you to friends and new people via your phone, without invading your privacy too much. But there’s a royal rumble of competitors.

And another one of them, Kismet, has just entered the ring with a particularly forward approach to privacy that could help it win the attention melee.

It includes the background location stuff like the others, but lets you check in if you really want to declare the place you’re at. “Walking around San Francisco, I’m unlikely to check in,” chief executive Kevin Stephens explains. “But at SXSW where so many events are right on top of each other, it’s more valuable to show which event or location I actually am in order to meet new people. It’s impractical to leave a bar to go to one next door if the line is 30 minutes long.”

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