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Almost a week ago, we kicked off our Hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt. Before the event started, Ford had already picked a number of teams that would get access to the otherwise closed Ford AppLink API. The winner of this challenge was BeCouply, which developed the Dates.fm app for suggesting interesting dates to Ford’s in-car interface. Date.fm, the team says, “lets you tune in to nearby date ideas on your phone and in your vehicle.”

The Ford SYNC AppLink Developer Challenge at the Hackathon was meant to see what developers could do with the AppLink API. Given the security and liability considerations involved in the car industry, Ford hasn’t opened its API to all developers yet. The company, however, has worked together with a number of developers to bring apps like Pandora, IHeartRadio, NPR, and others to its platform already.

The team behind BeCouply and Dates.fm, Becky Cruze and Pius…

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