Liz Gannes

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SXSW Serendipity Gets Yet Another Helper: Kismet

Does the world need another iPhone app to help find people to talk to and drink with at SXSW in Austin this week? No. But here’s another good one, with a few tweaks. Kismet helps users meet friends through friends by creating spontaneous “pop-up” events; it gives them options of passive sharing or check-ins, and it avoids loneliness by showing nearby users with multiple degrees of separation. Kismet has funding from AngelPad, Triple Point Ventures and NEA.


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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