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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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