New app helping Venezuelans find scarce items

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In this screen shot provided on Sunday, June 9, 2013 by Jose Augusto Montiel, shows a free application for mobile devices written by Jose Augusto Montiel that lets people notify one another where scarce food basics such as flour, sugar, milk, cooking oil and toilet paper are for sale in Venezuela. It has been downloaded more than 12,000 times. Abasteceme, or "Supply Me," is Android-based and relies on Google Maps for geolocation. It leverages what is known in the tech world as crowdsourcing with users notifying one another where a certain product is for sale. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jose Augusto Montiel)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Harried Venezuelans who devote hours scouring supermarkets for increasingly scarce food basics and toilet paper have just received some digital help thanks to a young software developer.