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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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