Liz Gannes

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Social Loyalty Service Topguest Acquired by Loyalty Platform ezRez

Topguest, which rewards users for sharing their location with services like Foursquare by giving them rewards program points from vendors like Virgin America and Hilton, has been bought by ezRez (warning: ugly Web site), which helps companies run loyalty programs. Both companies are headquartered in San Francisco and Topguest’s service will continue to operate. Topguest had an impressive set of business deals for a young start-up, but Foursquare, Klout and others now run their own social rewards programs.


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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