Liz Gannes

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Alfred Now Makes Restaurant Recommendations Based on Your Dining Partners

When it comes to recommendations, there seem to be a few distinct approaches: Collaborative filtering based on a larger audience, learning a user’s personal preferences or analyzing friends’ choices and reviews.

The restaurant recommendation app Alfred tweaked those boundaries today with a neat little feature that makes group recommendations. So if you tell Alfred (which is made by a company called Clever Sense) who you’re dining with, it will spit back a restaurant you and your Alfred-using friends are all likely to enjoy.

I doubt most people are so picky that this would be tremendously useful, but the idea of group personalization seems promising — for instance, I could see the value in a group-filtered music playlist for a party or a book group reading choice.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald