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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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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