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Kids’ Online Game Moshi Monsters Hits 50 Million Registered Users

Published by pratyushkp on June 6th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Two-year old online game Moshi Monsters has just reached a sizable milestone: 50 million registered users.

Moshi Monsters is a social online game/community that allows kids 6 to 12 to adopt virtual pets, tool around a virtual land called Monstro City, play games to earn virtual currency and communicate with other kids in a moderated, safe environment. The franchise also includes toys (coming soon), books, video games, trading cards and a Moshi magazine. Moshi will also soon begin its foray into music, live tours, a TV platform and film.

Moshi, founded by London-based startup Mind Candy, also reports that it has more than 15 million registered users (out of the total 50 million) in North America. Apparently, the game gets one signup per second.

Fifty million is a pretty hefty community, but it makes sense considering the rise of the digital native we have been privy to lately. In October, a study conducted by Internet security firm AVG found that 92% of children in the U.S. have an online presence by the time they are two, compared to 73% in western Europe.

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  • Kids’ Online Game Moshi Monsters Hits 50 Million Registered Users (
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Twitter To Hold Official #Devnest Developer Events

Published by pratyushkp on May 1st, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Sad that Twitter Developer conference Chirp did not celebrate its first birthday this year? Well Twitter’s Jason Costa has just given those anticipating the gathering a slight ray of hope by announcing an official smaller #Devnestevent to take place at Twitter HQ San Francisco on May 12th.

For those of you unaware, Devnest was a Twitter Developer event out of London started in 2010 by British Twitter developer Jonathan Markwell and organized by Angus Fox. Looks like Twitter has now appropriated the successful event as its own, planning a “string of dates in several cities around the US.” Ooh.

From Costa:

Hi everyone,

On May 12th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, we’re going to be hosting a developer event, Twitter #devnestSF, here at our headquarters in San Francisco.

Please RSVP to join us for the evening. Due to space constraints, we’ll only be able to accommodate the first 200 sign-ups, and each RSVP is limited to one person. If you can’t attend this time around, don’t worry – this is going to be the first of many events to come. And for those not based in San Francisco, we’re planning to do a string of dates in several cities around the US, and in other cities around the world. Plus, we’re planning to record the event and release it on YouTube. More details will be released on that soon.

Rather than create a new event format, we’re choosing to embrace and extend what certain developers in the community are already doing – specifically the Devnest UK guys. Thanks to Angus Fox and Jonathan Markwell for letting us build on their work.

Please RSVP here, and we look forward to seeing you on May 12th:



Costa is the recently hired Twitter Developer Relations manager, brought on to smooth over what have certainly been some bumpy relations.  Twitter recently told developers straight out to stop building clients and focus on verticals, and then reportedly started a bidding war with Bill Gross’ Ubermedia for client Tweetdeck.

Costa’s got a long row to hoe.

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  • Twitter To Hold Official #Devnest Developer Events (
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Tags: Bill Gross, Chirp, , , Tweetdeck, ,

Former WikiLeaks Partners to Start Openleaks

Published by pratyushkp on February 15th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

With the big brother closing in on beleaguered WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange, his former partners at the project are deserting him for a similar project. Christened Openleaks, the new non-profit organisation is founded by the former associates of Assange at WikiLeaks. The erstwhile partners claim, on the condition of anonymity, that Assange’s high-handed approach is what made them break off into a separate entity.

Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter quoted one of the founders, “As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure and ensuring that the organization continues to be democratically governed by all its members, rather than limited to one group or individual.” The ex-partners claim Assange’s personal problems disrupted WikiLeaks from its goals. They contended that his experiences from the past were motivating his autocratic approach in pursuing issues without taking the collective into consideration.

In a clear departure from WikiLeaks’ ethos, Openleaks will not directly publish the exposes. It will instead pass on the same to independent media entities. Openleaks intends to position itself as a neutral mediator with no political agenda. According to them, this will shield them from government wrath. The basic idea behind the move is to place the burden of editing and authenticating the information to third parties. The governments and other entities at the receiving will then have to contend with the independent media, which Openleaks believes would be more resilient against such pressures.

  • WikiLeaks defectors launching OpenLeaks in protest of methods used by Julian Assange [TNW Media] (
  • Wikileaks Competitor OpenLeaks Opens Doors (
  • Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks (
  • Silicon Alley Insider: WikiLeaks Defector Explains What’s Wrong With WikiLeaks And Why He’s Creating A New Site Called “OpenLeaks” (
  • OpenLeaks-WikiLeaks Smackdown Reveals Theft and Foul Play in Leak Land (
  • Openleaks to be Launched by Former WikiLeaks Staff (
  • WikiLeaks Employee Defects to Start OpenLeaks (
  • Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks – New York Times (
  • OpenLeaks Founder ‘Crippled’ WikiLeaks (
  • A WikiLeaks Split: Openleaks.Org to Launch Site Soon (
Tags: Dagens Nyheter, Independent media, Julian Assange, , Non-profit organization, Openleaks, Politics, Sweden,
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