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Redfin, Foursquare Jazz Up Top Ten Java List

RedinIndieCoffeeTopTenFor their “Ten Best Cities for Coffee Snobs,” Redfin and Foursquare came up with the rankings equivalent of a robust espresso shot:

In case you want to move somewhere you can get a quick fix, we calculated the median home price in the ZIP code with the most independent cafes and, just for fun, translated that median home price into lattes (using $4 as the average latte price).

And so, an average home in the heart of #1 ranked Seattle’s indie coffee scene will set you back 120,000 lattes. Also, notice that on this list – bookended in the latte department by 202,500 (San Francisco) and 41,250 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) – the east coast is entirely absent. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and gentrification no doubt all have a lot to do with that.

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Time and Foursquare Partner for 2012 Political Conventions

Since everyone is eagerly awaiting this year’s 2012 political conventions, publications are looking for fresh ways to engage readers.

During the conventions, attendees who follow Time on Foursquare will be able to unlock badges that will give them access to a curated list of suggested venues and events, in addition to tips from Time’s political reporting team.

Time.com will broadcast updates from newsmakers and well-known figures as they check-in on Foursquare and provide a visualization of convention activity for those of us who won’t be attending.

In the past, Time has used Foursquare to attach magazine covers to historical locations around the U.S. and will use the platform to report from SXSW this year.

Facebook Cleaning Out New York Companies

Facebook’s plan to scour New York startups for fresh talent seems to be paying off.

Turns out the social network’s recently announced messaging system update, which integrates Facebook messages, email, and SMS was the direct result of a New York talent hunting trip a few months ago.

New York startup Zenbe announced Tuesday that Facebook had acquired its email product, along with three engineers. Zenbe shut down its service on Oct. 8. The company says it will be focusing on a Facebook-based photo sharing app called Shindig.

Zenbe is the fourth New York talent acquisition that Facebook has made since August. The Palo Alto-based social networking giant bought out location-based check-in service Hot Potato in August for $10 million to get founder Justin Shaffer, who went on to spearhead the Facebook Groups overhaul.

Facebook struck again on Oct. 29, buying out New York-based file sharing service Drop.io to acquire founder Sam Lessin. And news broke last week that Facebook had nabbed senior Foursquare engineer Nathan Folkman.

Foursquare Checks In at NYMag

bbopener090413_250-1.jpgAre you on Foursquare yet? The new social networking, with video game appeal, find your friends, service that officially launched last week at the PSFK conference in New York has landed itself in NYMag this week.

Former Dodgeball users are no doubt already familiar with foursquare, which quickly moved in to replace the former after Google shut it down last month. For those of you new to the scene foursquare, which also ties into Twitter updates, allows you to keep up with all your friend’s locales throughout the night, and(!) awards you fun little badges depending on how many times you “check in” — all you ‘mayors’ out there know what we’re talking about!