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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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