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Hacks/Hackers is a meetup group for journalists and technologists, founded in November 2009 by San Francisco journalist Burt Herman, New York Times developer Aron Pilhofer, and Medill professor Rich Gordon.
The group works to help journalists (hacks) and developers (hackers) learn from each other and collaborate on projects. Hacks/Hackers runs a blog and holds regular events in about two dozen cities, including San Francisco, New York City, and Boston. It also runs a programming help website, though the site’s future was in jeopardy as of mid-2011.
In May 2010, Hacks/Hackers held a conference, Hacks/Hackers Unite, which was attended by nearly 100 reporters, editors, designers, and others interested in the future of journalism. The two-day-long event included a hackathon during which attendees built 12 iPad news apps. Later in 2010, Hacks/Hackers also ran a six-week online course on journalism and technology in partnership with Mozilla.
Hacks/Hackers is funded through donations and is working to find sponsors and foundation grants, and to become a nonprofit organization.
Foursquare is a location-based social network that awards users for “checking-in” to venues in a city on a mobile device. Foursquare was created by Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai in 2009. Crowley had previously created another geolocation-based social network, Dodgeball, which was acquired by Google in 2005. Google shut down Dodgeball in 2009 and replaced…