Genies Finds $65M For NFT Avatars

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Los Angeles-based Genies, a startup that helps people create their own avatars--which they can decorate by buying special NFTs (non-fungible tokens)--has raised $65M in a Series B funding, the company said this week. Genies' website lets you create avatars, and adorn them with characteristics, accessories, and features driven by celebrity NFTS. genies avatar venture capital token fungible blockchain celebrity software

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Geni Hints At iPhone App

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In a post on its blog, Geni said it was working on the "Next Stage of Genealogy" and showed a brief YouTube video with what appeared to be a Geni application running on an iPhone. Base on discussions on Geni's online user forums, users of the site have been asking for an app for the last two years from the company. geni iphone application family tree genealogy

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Geni Signs Up For DNA Testing

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Burbank-based family tree software developer Geni --which is now part of MyHeritage--said late Thursday afternoon that it has added DNA testing to its service, letting its users test their DNA for a more accurate family tree. According to Geni, the addition of DNA testing will help by "separating fact from fiction" and let users confirm if, indeed, family relationships are what they seem. Geni also said it would use the DNA results to help for matching previously unknown relatives.

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Geni Connects With Facebook

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the family tree and family history site, said over the weekend that it has added a new social feature to connect Geni with Facebook. The company said its new Facebook Social Sharing feature allows users to share their public Geni activities with friends and family on Facebook. geni facebook social sharing connect genealogy family tree

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Geni Tilts Toward Pro Users

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the family tree and genealogy site, looks to be further tilting its efforts towards its paid, Pro users, by swizzling access to the various features of the site. Geni said Thursday evening that it would give users full permission to add, edit, and merge historical profiles on the site, but will now restrict non-pro user from adding or merging those profiles. geni family tree genealogy

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Geni Rolls Out API

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West Hollywood-based Geni , the online family tree and history site, said Wednesday afternoon that it has rolled out a new, application programming interface for the site. According to Geni, the new API is aimed at allowing users to develop third-party tools and application. Geni said the new API will allow those tools to pull data from its profiles and projects, and also includes an example Ruby application for reference.

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Geni Swizzles Pricing Tiers

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the online family tree and genealogy site, is swizzling its membership plans again, as the company looks to fine tune its business model. Geni told its users today that it has modified its "Pro" and "Plus" premium membership tiers, to make it easier for its users to understand, modifying parameters around numbers of relationships, search access, and merge permissions for family trees. geni family history tree genealogy membership pricing

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Geni Adds Follow Feature

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Taking a clue from Twitter, North Hollywood-based Geni , the family history and tree site, said Thursday that it has added a new "Follow" feature to the site. Geni said that the new follow feature allows users to follow people and profiles on the site, allowing user sto get notification on changes or updates from those users or profiles. The move also will list users as followers of profile, which Geni said would help its users find other users also interested in the same profiles.

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Geni Suffers Weekend Outage

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the online family tree and genealogy site, suffered an unexpected outage over the weekend, the firm reported Monday evening. Geni said that it had an issue with its PostgreSQL database, which it says it is investigating. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. geni downtime postgressql offline genealogy family tree

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Geni Rolls Out Revisions

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Los Angeles-based Geni , which operates an online site for graphing out family trees and tracking family history, announced Wednesday afternoon that it has released a new revisions feature for Geni Pro users. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. Tags: geni revisions family tree genealogy history software

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Geni Adds Undelete

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West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that it has added a new feature which allows users to undo deletions. Geni said the addition has been a "long requested" feature and allow users to find profiles users have delete, who deleted them, and allow those profiles to be undeleted. Tags: geni genealogy service family history

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Geni Opens Service For Institutions

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the online family tree and genealogy site, said Thursday that it has launched a new program to allow institutions like public libraries and genealogical societies with full access to the site. Geni said that local libraries and organizations are eligible to apply for the accounts. The firm looks to be trying to convince its users to become "Geni Pro" users, the firm's subscription, premium service. geni genealogy family tree research subscription

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SGN Debuts New Genies & Gems Game

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Los Angeles-based mobile game studio SGN has launched a brand new game, Genies & Gems , across iOS, Android, and Facebook, the latest in a series of puzzle games from the studio. game videogame mobile genies gems cookie smartphone facebook socialAccording to SGN, the new game will include 20 new levels released every week, and can "recover lost relics, collect gold bars" and find "enchanted keys".

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Geni Acquisition Opens Up Service For Users

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The acquisition today of Los Angeles-based family tree and genealogy site Geni has one big benefit: its users now have full access to the service, without having to pay for premium features. Geni had made a move towards a premium, subscription service back in August of 2011, as the firm had tried to pull back on the number of free services it offered and to create a subscriber base. geni myheritage merger acquisition genealogy family tree

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Geni Hit By Downtime

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the online family tree and genealogy web site started by David Sacks, was hit by unexpected downtime Tuesday and today, the firm told its users Wednesday afternoon. According to Geni, it had "network difficulties" starting the morning of Tuesday, October 20th, with the firm taking the site down at 3:45PM to investigate. Tags: geni yammer downtime network issues family tree

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Geni Connects With Facebook

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Hollywood-based Geni , the venture-backed firm which has developed an online, Web 2.0-style genealogy and social networking web sites for families, has connected the company's service with the popular Facebook social networking web site. Geni said that users can now connect their Facebook account to Geni, allowing users to use Facebook's standard invite tools to invite relatives to join Geni's family tree serviecs.

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Yammer Dwarfs Parent Geni In Fundraising Round

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In the case of the kid getting much (much) larger than its parent, Yammer , the one time spinout of Los Angeles-based genealogy and family tree website Geni , has now squarely out-raised venture capital than its parent firm, saying Wednesday that it has raised an $85M funding round. Yammer has far exceeded Geni in fundraising, with Geni only announcing somewhere around $16.5M Geni is, however, an original investor in Yammer.

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Geni Enhances Service

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Geni is backed by Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. Tags: geni genealogy family tree web2 West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni.com said Friday that the firm has made a number of updates to the firm's services. Among the changes, the firm said that it has made two of the firm's "Pro" features--Statistics and Lists--free to all of its users. Other updates include the ability to export address books to CSV files, and better matching on its profiles.

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Geni Acquisition News Takes Down Service For Hours

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That big acquisition of Los Angeles family tree site Geni had an unwanted side effect: it took down the site for nearly five hours, Geni reports. Geni said it suffered unexpected downtime, starting at 7 a.m. Geni explained that the downtime did not result in any lost data, and attributed the unwanted downtime as a result of a "great increase in traffic" from people eager to check out the service after the announcement.

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Geni Rolls World Family Tree Widget

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Los Angeles-based Geni , which operates an online site for tracking your family tree, said Friday that it has rolled out a new widget which allows users to show how big Geni's family tree is. Geni, which allows users to become part of its "World Family Tree" project to show how everyone is connected via their family trees, said the widget will display the current number of profiles connected by its family tree project. geni family tree widget software genealogy blog

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Geni Creates Lab Effort, Translation Support

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West Hollywood-based Geni.com , the online family tree and genealogy site backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures, told its users today that it has created a new "Geni Lab" for experimental features from the firm. Geni said its Geni Labs effort will allow users to experiment with features that the company is working on, with no guarantee that they will be updated or supported. Tags: geni family tree genealogy translation software

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Geni Adds Free Trial

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Los Angeles-based Geni rolled out a number of enhancements to the site, plus told its users late Wednesday evening that it will now allow all of its users a 14 day, free trial of the firm's premium offering, Geni Pro. According to Geni, the new features include a bookmark feature which allows users to bookmark any information in the system, including profiles, photos and videos; plus an additional tool which helps its users merge and find similar profiles already added by others.

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Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Engineering VP

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West Hollywood-based Geni , the online family tree and family history service, said Thursday that it has promoted a number of employees, including naming two executives. Geni said it has named Justin Balthrop as its Chief Technology Officer, and named Michael Stangel as Vice President of Engineering. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. genealogy history tree family sacks david yammer executive geni

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Geni Bolsters Team, Names CTO, Enginering VP

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West Hollywood-based Geni , the online family tree and family history service, said Thursday that it has promoted a number of employees, including naming two executives. Geni said it has named Justin Balthrop as its Chief Technology Officer, and named Michael Stangel as Vice President of Engineering. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and Founders Fund. geni executive yammer david sacks family tree history genealogy

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Geni Extends Distribution Of Family Tree Posters

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Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund, and was started by ex-PayPal founder David Sacks. Tags: geni family tree genealogy poster printed West Hollywood-based Geni.com , the online family tree and genealogy site, told its users Tuesday evening that it is now distributing its recently released family tree posters internationally.

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Geni Turns Family Trees Into Posters

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Geni said it also allows users to customize "almost every aspect" of the posters before printing. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. Tags: geni genealogy family tree poster West Hollywood-based Geni.com , the online genealogy and family tree site, said Monday afternoon that it has rolled out a new product--one that takes the family tree from the service, and turns it into a paper poster.

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Geni Adds Filters

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Hollywood-based Geni , which operates an online site for networking with family and tracking family trees, released a new feature Wednesday that allows its users to filter out cousins on the site. According to Geni, it has a new "hide" filter which will help users find cousins using the site that they haven't met yet. Geni's web site allows family members and relatives to collaborate on family trees and genealogy, as well as share news and other information.

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Geni Launches New Facebook App

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Hollywood-based online family networking and family tree site Geni officially announced late last week that the firm has launched a new, Facebook application. According to Geni, the new application will allow its users to access such features as building family trees, getting family news and birthday reminders, and more. Geni is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund. Tags: geni facebook application social networking

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Geni Widens Search

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the online family tree and social networking site, has enhanced the firm's search features, telling its users that it is now allowing them to search any profile on the site, regardless of whether those profiles are connected into a user's family tree or not. Tags: geni genealogy family tree social networking

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Geni Goes Pro

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Hollywood-based Geni , an online site that allows users to share family trees and network with relatives and family, is the latest Web 2.0 According to Geni, its new pro accounts will cost $50.00 Tags: geni web2 genealogy family history site to add "pro" accounts to their services. annually, or $4.95 per month, and offers value added features such as statistics on family history, advanced search, enhanced relationship searching, and exporting of family trees.

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Geni Adds "Family Finder"

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Los Angeles-based genealogy and family networking site Geni has rolled out a new "Family Finder" feature, the firm said Friday, allowing users to import addresses from Microsoft Outlook, web email programs like Google's Gmail and Yahoo, or other sources. According to Geni, the new feature will look through your address book and select anyone that the company's software thinks is related to you. Geni operates a Web 2.0

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Geni Enhances Service

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West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that the firm has improved the firm's site, which allows users to create family trees and network with family members. Geni's Web 2.0 Tags: geni genealogy family tree networking social web2 The firm said that it has enhanced the ability to find duplicate profiles in the service, with automatic advanced searches when users view a profile.

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Geni Bundles Gifts With Pro Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based Geni , the Web 2.0 According to Geni, all Geni Pro subscriptions now include unlimited virtual gifts, the firm's virtual items which can be sent to other members of the service. Geni had launched an effort to generate revenue on the site through virtual gifts back in 2008, and later added "Pro" accounts with more features as a subscription offering. Geni is venture backed by the Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures.

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Geni Enhances Privacy Controls

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Los Angeles-based Geni , an online genealogy and social networking site, has tightened up the firm's privacy settings, saying last night that it has added new settings which allows users to restrict viewing of profiles of kids younger than 13, and changed the firm's "family groups" defaults to a smaller set of relatives. Geni operates an online site which allows users to create family trees and share family news, and is venture backed by Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund.

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Geni Enhances Collaboration Tools

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West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni has rolled out a slew of updates for the service, saying today that it has added features to help users collaborate with others, map out locations, and see recent photos. Tags: geni genealogy family tree social networking web2 Among the new features, the firm said it will now allow users to collaborate with others when building a family tree.

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Geni, Yammer Both Raise Funding

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West Hollywood-based Geni, and instant messaging spinout Yammer have both raised $5M in funding from the firms' existing backers, Charles River Ventures and the Founders Fund, according to regulatory filings and reports. Geni is a high profile, family social networking and genealogy site headed by former Paypal co-founder David Sacks, and Yammer is the Twitter-like instant messaging spinout of Geni, focused on businesses.

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Knowledge Genie Launches Publishing Tool

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Los Angeles-based startup Knowledge Genie is launching a new, online site today which allows people to publish, share, and sell their knowledge online. The startup, headed by authors and husband-and-wife team Milo and Thuy Sindell, allows book authors and other experts to follow some basic steps to take their expertise and convert it into an online, organized knowledge base--which the firm calls a "genie."

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Geni Expands Virtual Gifts

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According to Geni, it has completely revised its gifts, adding better quality graphics, more selection, and a focus on holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events. Geni also said that it has connected its birthday and anniversary features on its site to allow people to include virtual gifts with those greetings, add their own personalized messages to those gifts.

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Geni Adds Tabs, Search Tools

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West Hollywood-based Geni , the venture-backed, online family tree and networking site, said today that it has added a number of new features to its site, including the ability to search for similar profiles on the site, and improved access to popular features. According to Geni, the new features include the ability to look for profiles with similar names and birth and death dates, to help users find information on relatives that might have been entered by other users.

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Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

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Los Angeles-based Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. According to the firm, it now allows users to view statistics on profiles, and has added the ability of users to give "Geni Pro" accounts as a gift to relatives. Geni allows users to create online, Web 2.0-style family trees, along with other social tools. Tags: social web2 geni networking genealogy

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Geni Rolls New Holiday Calendar, Pro Features

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Los Angeles-based Geni, the online genealogy and social networking site run by ex-PayPal cofounder David Sacks, has rolled out two new features. In addition, the company said it has enhanced its Geni Pro service, the firm's subscription version of its service, to provide better information about blood relations; exports of a family tree to the industry standard GEDCOM format; priority support; and an ability to show a "Geni Pro" badge on profiles in a family tree.

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Interview with Milo Sindell, Knowledge Genie

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This morning, Knowledge Genie (www.myknowledgegenie.com) launched a new web site that helps experts and authors publish online information to the web. What is the idea behind Knowledge Genie? Milo Sindell: Knowledge Genie is a software platform that anybody can use to capture, package, and publish what they know into an interactive online software application. We call this a "Genie," and you can build a Genie using Knowledge Genie.

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Interview with David Sacks, Geni and Yammer

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We sat down with David to catch up on what Geni and Yammer are doing, plus got his insights into entrepreneurship and the Paypal mystique. David Sacks: As you know, Geni is creating a family tree of the whole world, and layering in a family social network and family wiki on top of that. What's the ultimate business model behind Geni? David Sacks: Yammer started as an internal productivity tool at Geni. Are you carrying that culture to Geni/Yammer, and how?

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