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Catch up on the buzz: SXSW apps, FB changes and Veronica Mars

Katherine Borgerding Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

SXSW introduces apps as well as music, film

South by Southwest, the annual festival combining music, film and technology into one nine-day event, finished up this weekend down in Austin, Texas. Wired magazine’s live blog, covered SXSW events for the duration of the festival and kept those not in attendance informed. The diversity of people in attendance is described by Mashable’s by-the-numbers look at the demographics of festival attendees, showing that 84 percent are looking for new business opportunities and more than 55 percent hold a bachelor’s degree.

But in addition to the films and music on display at the festival, tech companies also had something to share with the crowds. To kick off SXSW Interactive, several new apps were unveiled, most notably an app for those who love to hate. Hater, an app that allows users to share things they “dislike” with friends, was among the apps launched last weekend at the festival.

 

More changes in store for Facebook users

Facebook has had a busy few weeks. Founder Mark Zuckerberg made a revealing announcement on the company’s intention to make the Facebook News Feed “the world’s best personalized newspaper”  and this week Facebook made the announcement that the site will be making the move to incorporate the hashtag, the search function that has always been central to Twitter.

In addition to hashtags, Facebook is now integrated into Netflix allowing Netflix users to see video recommendations from their Facebook friends. However, for users who are not thrilled with the idea of letting their Facebook friends view their every move, activity can be blocked from appearing on the Facebook News Feed.

 

Veronica Mars to make a comeback

Kristen Bell, plays the title role in "Veronica Mars." Creator Rob Thomas launched an online fundraising campaign for a big-screen version. AP FILE PHOTO
Kristen Bell, plays the title role in "Veronica Mars." Creator Rob Thomas launched an online fundraising campaign for a big-screen version. AP FILE PHOTO

This week the Internet exploded after hearing that a Veronica Mars film might be possible with fund-raising through Kickstarter, a website designed to help fund start-up ventures of all kinds.

According to Forbes, the project reached its goal within 10 hours, but as of Sunday, the project had generated more than $3.5 million in funding, surpassing its original goal of $2 million. Kristen Bell, star of the popular teen mystery show canceled in 2007 after three seasons, will be back and Warner Bros. has agreed to distribute and market the film.