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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik