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The coolest thing I saw in New York (this also won Techcrunch Disrupt's hackathon): Dispatch

I recently visited New York to see what the hackers there were working on, and lots of people pointed me to Jesse Lamb and his Dispatch project.

What does it do? Well, takes all sorts of cloud services and turns them into a new kind of manager. Will you use it?

Here's the rest of the article, reprinted from http://building43.com with permission:

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There are a number of services that allow us to leverage the cloud for file storage and file sharing, unlocking information once trapped on a single device and making it accessible from our smart phones and tablets. In fact, many of us have files stored in several locations, and while there are certainly conveniences that come with these services, having files with multiple services that have multiple sign-ins comes with its own set of problems. Dispatch is developing a way for us to simplify file management in the cloud by supporting a seamless integration of our many cloud accounts.

“Dispatch brings together the cloud services you have—your DropBox, your Google Docs, your Evernote, your email and even your Instagram and Spotify eventually—so that you can see all of your stuff in one place,” explains Jesse Lamb, Co-founder and CEO of Dispatch, Inc. “Because everything’s moved to the cloud, everything gets kind of scattered, and Dispatch brings it back together.”

Whether it’s our photos on Facebook or our ideas on Evernote, we’re storing more and more information in the cloud. With Dispatch you can simply drag and drop files among the different services you use.

“There’s a power of having your stuff together…” says Lamb. “You can see the latest of what you’re working on and even launch into the different services, so if you have a lot of Google accounts, you can launch right into what you need from there without having to fight with the single sign-on that they have right now.”

Dispatch allows you to, in effect, connect your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Contacts, etc. and use these media to share files without having to worry about which cloud services the recipient uses. For example, instead of direct messaging someone on Twitter to get his email address so that you can share a photo, video or other file, you can just grant him access to the file directly via Twitter.

“We’re not trying to build another channel for messaging,” explains Lamb, “because we already have really good channels. The idea is extending those so you can do more with them and maybe finally get people to stop using email attachments [and eliminate] all the friction that happens around that. [It also] gives you a way to move things back and forth and have a conversation around [the file] you’re talking about. There’s a lot of power, once you bring all these services together and bring all the people together that you know so that you can work around your stuff in new ways. It’s really exciting.”

More info:

Dispatch web site: http://dispatch.io/
Dispatch profile on CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/dispatch-io
Dispatch profile on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Dispatch

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BlackBerry outage saved lives!

The semi-global 3-day failure of BlackBerry data service last week in Africa, Europe and the Middle East probably saved many lives.

Why? Because without data, fewer people used BlackBerries while driving, and therefore there were apparently fewer fatal car accidents.

Car accidents dropped by 40% in Abu Dhabi, and by 20% in Dubai during the outage.

http://socialtimes.com/did-the-three-day-blackberry-outage-last-week-save-lives_b81409

And this from +Paul McNamara: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/uae-police-claim-blackberry-outage-made-drivi
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