News that Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are working together on a new startup might send shivers down the spines of veteran music industry execs, given the Napster co-founders’ past record. However, Supyo isn’t focused on music: it’s a Chatroulette-style live video chat service, except with less manbits on display. TechCrunch has a few details, including the fact that the service is largely browser-based, uses location and other algorithms to match people up for chatting, and avoids ‘the penis problem’ that afflicted Chatroulette. Since their Napster days, Fanning started music startup Snocap and gaming service Rupture, while Parker has kept busy by investing in Facebook – as famously documented in the film The Social Network – and more recently in Spotify, where he memorably described the company’s freemium business model as involving getting customers ‘by the balls’. As we said, balls are emphatically not part of the Supyo plan.

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