The subject happens to be dining, but what Ness is up to is really about maximizing the accuracy of personalization.
Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams has launched a news-filtering service called Nuzzel that is powered by social-networking activity. But while his previous ventures have been early to the market, his new offering suffers from the opposite problem — the market is already saturated with similar services.
Location-based social network Foursquare is rolling out its long awaited promoted updates, an advertising product that allows local and national businesses to push out specials, news and pictures to Foursquare’s more than 20 million users. It’s the start of Foursquare’s big monetization push.
Oink, Kevin Rose’s much-discussed app about rating not places, but things within places, is now in the App Store. It’s a little like Yelp, and a little like Foursquare, and a little like Foodspotting. But will this pig fly? I kicked the tires to find out.
Last week, Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon released a cool little web app called Forage that taps into your Twitter account using the Hunch recommendation API to provide personalized YouTube playlists based on who you follow on Twitter. Today, there’s a version that recommends iPad apps, too.
In its latest attempt to build social-networking features into its business, soon-to-be-public LinkedIn today launched a news recommendation service called LinkedIn Today, which it hopes will function like a specialized Twitter for business networks. But will it convince people to spend more time on the network?
Stumbleupon, which was reborn as a recommendation-and-discovery service in 2009 after an earlier ill-fated acquisition by eBay, produced another tangible sign of that rebirth today with the news that the company has landed a Series B financing round of $17 million from a group of funds.
What news consumers really need is some way to filter all the information they can pull in and have new content recommended to them, but despite some new entrants like News360, social networks like Twitter and Facebook have so far proven to be the best solution.
If you haven’t looked at your iCal recently, we’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t made your dining plans yet, time’s running out. Pull out your iPhone and let’s look at apps that will help you with your culinary plans.
Local recommendations are becoming a key feature for location-based apps as they look to provide useful suggestions for users. Recommendations represent one way location services are moving beyond check-in, helping them transition from broadcasting a user’s current location to assisting them in finding their next one.
Hunch, a startup trying to build a “taste graph” of people’s like and dislikes that can act as a recommendation engine, has partnered with Gifts.com to make suggestions about what kinds of presents your Facebook friends might like, based on their Facebook profiles.
Hunch, the hot startup from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and angel investor Chris Dixon, has redesigned the service to focus on recommending products such as magazines and books, rather than answering questions about specific topics. But the new focus could put it squarely in Facebook’s sights.
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Jinni, a video search and discovery service, has raised $1 million from Israeli investment collective Startup Factory, according to Globes Online. Jinni…