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Local startup Miicard is looking for beta testers to try out their app before the main release in a few weeks time.

Miicard is is about creating a system of trust online amongst people, and between people and businesses, to improve the safety and convenience of our online transactions.

As a beta tester, you can set up your public identity through your online bank account and have that verified. In return, you get 6 months free service when it launches.

More details available at: http://www.miicard.com/blog/201110/beta-testers-wanted-digital-passport-miicard

Also, you can check out a recent video demo of miicard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTyDCGyZQAE

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DAD botSharing information online is complicated. Online, efficiency and accessibility frequently come at the expense of security and privacy. This is true whether we’re talking about the posts on your Facebook page, or holiday photos. Enter DAD, a London-based startup that aims to make private secure sharing simple.

From what I can tell, DAD’s an installable app like DropBox, but potentially more user-friendly, more tailored to sharing media like photos, movies, and music, and specifically designed for use within friend and family groups. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to try DAD myself, because there’s currently no Mac version—but it’s coming soon!

We got to know DAD when its CEO and founder, Julian Ranger, came to speak at Launch48 Edinburgh in October 2010. Julian is a serial entrepreneur; in the past, he sold one of his companies to U.S. arms giant Lockheed Martin. (more…)

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Imagine if Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter were locked in a cage; force-fed haggis; made to watched Braveheart on loop and wore tartan kilts, then the result would be Kiltr.

Kiltr, a social network for Scottish professionals, aims to help Scotland based professionals and overseas Scots to network together.

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Friendbet is a new social gambling startup based in Paris and London. They recently launched a beta version of their site in both France and the U.K., and are among a handful of companies to have obtained a online sport betting license in France.

Here in Edinburgh, our close proximity to The Company Formerly Known As HubDub (aka FanDuel) has given us a decent insight into what it takes to succeed in the online gambling industry. Indeed, FanDuel has conspicuously chosen to target the U.S. market. Is there room for a new gambling website in Europe? Is there a market for it? What makes Friendbet different? We spoke to Maxime Speroni, Marketing Manager at Friendbet, to find out. (more…)

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Last week, our victim for the 60 second interview was Phil Leggetter from Kwwika (pronounced “Quicker”). Phil was an ex-Londoner but is now living the the beautiful seaside of Broughty Ferry by Dundee. I caught up with Phil to find out more in-depth what Kwwika is and what problem it helps to solve.

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Local startup Heads up Development is aiming to enhance software development through intelligent engineering tools (which is much welcomed, as I’m sure any developer will tell you).

The company, started by Andrew Williams, is currently one of the many companies being nutured in the Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS). He started building the tool around 18 months ago, when he noticed the challenge of conveying the progress of a software project from developer to manager, especially since progress on software projects tend not to be as straightforward and linear as other tasks (e.g. construction).

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What a happy company!SymetriQ offers cloud computing infrastructure-as-a-service, and they are looking for more people to give it a go! Hopefully it will make you smile like this friendly green face. You can take advantage of their free beta trials for a short while longer, so check it out if this is up your alley. See more info on the platform *here* and get in touch with Christine Gupta at christine@guptapartnership.com if you are interested =).

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