Tech Round Up: Newsle Gets Better, Facebook Does Not

San Francisco’s Newsle has just made it easier to stalk, eh, I mean research, your friends by now offering instant news alerts. The service, founded by two Harvard University sophomores and released in beta in January 2011, finds articles about users’ friends and colleagues, and sends notification minutes or hours after they are published. Learn more on the Newsle blog.

Facebook is said to be launching Timeline for brands any day now, which means soon people will be griping about how pages like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, as well as those of their cousins and college friends, are busy and hard to read. According to Reuters, 70 percent of users call it a “catalog of nothing.”

Everybody change your passwords, because Kim Dotcom is out of jail. The founder of file-sharing site Megaupload made bail in New Zealand, where he was being held on charges of racketeering in the United States. Apparently a judge thinks Kim won’t flee because his accounts have been frozen. However, he’s not allowed to use the Internet and helicopters can’t land at his home (?). [via AP]

How did social email startup Rapportive end up selling its business for millions to Linked In? Well, it went on dates and “slowly fell in love” with LinkedIn, its CEO said in a mushy statement. Dating metaphors aside, Rapportive could prove highly useful for business on LinkedIn, because it gives up-to-the-minute social media info about people you are about to email.

Horizon Media has launched a service called  “The Distillery,” a tool designed to “distill” online chatter into useful data. The Distillery will be all over the place, monitoring more than 90 percent of the entire open Web, including websites, forums, blogs, and video.

Social media marketing platform Fan Appz has launched the Fan Appz Social Database, which will bring marketers data about the interests, usage habits of consumers. Request more info about the new database here.

[image: Facebook Timeline]