Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: The founders of Sevenload have released their first social game Fliplife; microblogging site Daily Places has been revamped; agri-machinery auction site Gruuna opens its doors to the farm community; and cool barcode scanner app Barcoo has gone international.

United Prototype debuts Fliplife

United Prototype Fliplife Social GamingThe first offering from social games developer United Prototype has just been launched. Fliplife is a social gaming experience – a kind of 2-D Second Life – in which players get to manage a virtual career and become CEO of their own company. United Prototype is the latest venture by Sevenload founders Thomas Bachem and Ibrahim Evsan. Fliplife raised a 7-figure sum in Series A round funding from Rapidshare’s VC arm Rapidtainment and Hightech Gründerfonds.

Overhaul at Daily Places

Daily Places microblogging location-basedMobile and web-based microblogging site Daily Places has relaunched. The most obvious new feature is the logo. The Frankfurt startup also took on three new developers, who have a created a widget and a new version of the Daily Places-app for iPhone. For business, Daily Places enables location-based targeting of audiences and communication with the DP user community as a whole.

Gruuna now trading

Gruuna auction site Gruuna has launched a marketplace for the farming industry. The site enables both auctions and fixed-price sale of agricultural machinery, equipment and products in a safe trading environment. According to Gruuna, the site already has 28,000 registered users. Monetisation is in the form of a healthy 1.53 percent commission on every sale.

Barcoo expands to UK and France

Barcoo, barcode scanner, appThe mobile phone barcode app Barcoo has expanded to France and the UK. The app turns the user’s smartphone into a barcode reader, enabling them to scan any product and read reviews, compare prices (with maps showing the location of cheaper alternatives) or check out the manufacturer’s ethical profile. According to Barcoo the free app has already been downloaded in Germany by a million users.