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Twitter Adds Mobile Push Notification Recommendations Service

Twitter on Tuesday announced it would add a service to its mobile apps that will suggest new users to follow or tweets to view based on increased activity in your network. For example, if many of the people you follow start following a new user like, say, Madeleine Albright, the new service would send a push notification to your phone to suggest that you, too, should follow her on Twitter. The service was born out of Twitter’s experimentation with its employee-run @MagicRecs account.

ATD Week in Review: Microsoft Partner Woes and Samsung’s Steroid Specs

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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Netflix Tries Breaking Up Your Family, and Thinks You’ll Like It

You like your shows. Your kids like their shows. And this confuses Netflix’s robot recommenders. Now the company says it has an answer.
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Google+ Brings Story Suggestions to Mobile Web Publishers

Google announced Monday that publishers hooked into Google+ can use the social network to offer customized story recommendations via the mobile Web. The new product suggests stories to readers based on what’s relevant on a publisher’s site, or if a user is signed in to their Google account, a story on the site that’s currently popular on Google+. The idea, Google said, is to surface the most relevant content for users, while recirculating more traffic for publishers.

Amazon Buys Book Recommendation Site Goodreads

It’s kind of a natural for a company that, despite its many other ventures, still makes a lot of its money selling books.
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Yahoo Brings Jybe Team Back Into the Fold

Yahoo said Wednesday it had acquired Jybe, maker of a personalized social recommendation app, and its five-member team, all former Yahoos. Neither the terms of the deal nor the plans to integrate the technology into Yahoo’s platform were disclosed.

Go West, Young Geek: Chris Dixon on Why He Became a Silicon Valley VC at Andreessen Horowitz, and More! (Video)

If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.
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Last.fm Founders Are Back to Help Find Interesting Web Content

Last.fm co-founders Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel famously made it easy to passively share what songs you’re playing so you can also track them, and get recommendations. Now they are back with a new start-up called Lumi, which passively records each Web site you visit. The twist is that Lumi is a personal service, built to be anonymous and secure (we can only hope!), for the purpose of finding new content based on previous experiences.

Confirmed: Chris Dixon Becomes Seventh Investing GP at Andreessen Horowitz

So it is written, so it shall be done.
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New York Techie Chris Dixon in Talks to Be Next Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Every time a cash register rings, a VC gets his wings.
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