Liz Gannes

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Uptake Travel Research Site Adds Social Q&A

Uptake, a three-year-old travel resource site with a respectable four million visitors per month, today adds tools to help users solicit travel advice from friends who have visited or lived in relevant locations. While Gogobot, Trippy and Gtrot do similar social stuff, Uptake says it’s different because it has honed techniques for discovering where people have been, using “unstructured” source data. So, instead of relying on explicit Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, for instance, Uptake would deduce where a person has been from her photos and status messages.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus