Moo’s NFC business card: The last one you may ever need

Tired of carrying hundreds of business cards? What if you only needed to carry one? That’s the idea behind this Moo card with embedded NFC tag inside it. You just tap it to a phone with NFC-capabilities and it share just about any information you want.

GigaOM Euro 20: Almost Famous

In the third part of GigaOM’s Euro 20 roundup, we’ll look at five of the startups we’ve dubbed Almost Famous. They’ve weathered the storm, come out the other side, and have solid products to offer.

Say cheese! UK photo printer snaps up rival for $195m

After years of effort and a long courtship, Photobox and Moonpig — two of Britain’s most venerable startups that print photos, books and greetings cards — are joining forces, with an acquisition that will create what they claim is the world’s leading personalized printing service.

How to Create OCR Scannable Business Cards

even the best OCR business card reader technology has limitations. And while adding over 100 business cards to my contact files this week using my NeatReceipts for Mac, I discovered many of them. Cards with certain design features simply didn’t scan well.

Apple Backs Down in Syncing Lawsuit

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Days after releasing an update to iTunes that blocked the Palm (s palm) Pre from syncing, Apple (s aapl) has ended another dispute concerning iTunes, this time by settling.

Last November, Apple began issuing cease-and-desist letters to Odioworks, which runs Bluwiki, a public wiki. In this case, people were publishing decompiled code from iTunesDB, the library file that stores music and playlist information for an iTunes user. The goal was simple: Make Apple devices interoperable with other media applications, like Songbird. Read More about Apple Backs Down in Syncing Lawsuit

What’s In Your Bag, Imran Ali?

IMG_0461To paraphrase the famous Wes Anderson and Robert De Niro American Express ads, “My life happens here; my bag is Timbuk2.”

I’ve lived an untethered, web working, co-working lifestyle for around nine years. In my previous life as an R&D consultant, hopping between Paris, London, Leeds and San Francisco, having my “office” at my side was the only way to be productive. As such, what I carry when traveling is exactly what I have when I’m at a desk. I don’t like to carry multiple devices, chargers or files and papers.

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My pride and joy used to be the Timbuk2 Detour, which works as a messenger bag, a briefcase or a backpack. It’s tough as nails, stylish, and big enough for a 15-inch notebook. I recently replaced it with a slightly roomier Timbuk2 Commute Messenger that allows me to carry my digital gear as well as enough clothes and toiletries for an overnight stay if necessary. Timbuk2 is the “BMW of bags”: pricey, but desirable and durable. Read More about What’s In Your Bag, Imran Ali?

Moo Grows Up, Gets Business Cards

Richard Moross may have started his web-based printing company, Moo, because he was bored with the standard business cards out there, but now his four-year-old startup is about to enter the world of the boring head on. As early as next week, Moo will start selling the standard-sized, Docker-toting-executive business cards — that same product its worked so hard to differentiate.

A case of Moo growing up? It’s the most-requested product from Moo’s customers, Moross tells us, so, yeah, if selling something that users ask for is a sign of maturity, Moo’s getting both older and wiser. And while business cards might not have the cool factor of the mini-cards (which are half the size), they are much more practical in the traditional networking world.
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Eco Business Cards for Green Networking

Even if there’s a lack of good talent plaguing the cleantech industry, those green execs need to use something to do their networking. Here’s a new one to check out: as soon as next week web printing startup Moo will start offering a standard-sized business card that is 100 percent recycled, recyclable and biodegradable. The eco-cards cost the same as the non-recycled cards — $22 for 50 — which is a pretty good way to convince users to select the planet-friendly option.

It’s not an earth-shattering product that will change the world, but a well-designed and low-cost product that could be useful for interested green entrepreneurs. For those not familiar with the web 2.0 darling Moo, the company has been selling mini-cards (half the size of a biz card), stickers and postcards for the past couple of years. The company’s printing process is more efficient than the standard, and by printing in small batches the company says it can also cut down on wasted cards.

Mini-card fans like the fact that they can print different Flickr photos on their cards, and easily customize the cards with colors and designs. Moo founder and CEO Richard Moross tells us that the company’s business cards will have the same and more features as the mini-cards. Moross started Moo because he was bored with the standard business cards out there, but tells us that business cards have been the most-requested item. While not using using business cards at all would be the most eco-friendly, Moo’s cards are a novel option to try out.