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Obvious-Backed Startup Branch Releases Interest-Based Network “Potluck”

Branch, the startup backed by Obvious Corp., debuted Potluck on Tuesday morning. Users post links on the service — a social network of sorts that focuses on communicating around content and interests — and friends aren’t able to see who posted the link until visiting the discussion thread around it. The philosophy, according to founder Josh Miller, is to reduce the performative stress component in social sharing, and place the emphasis on the interests that bring people together. The product is available on the Web beginning today, and will come to iOS in the next few weeks.


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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