- LinkedIn really, really wants you to buy a premium account, and is disrupting its current paid model with a less expensive $9.99/month option. This includes new, more visual profiles, and tools to help you optimize for search. For early access, you can sign up here.
- Despite the growth of and improvement in speech recognition software with Siri, Dragon, et al., inferring meaning from language remains a difficult problem. Natural language processing pros, take note: the U.S. Secret Service has posted a request for vendors who can help them detect sarcasm. Whatever.
- AirBnB has a beta in-app concierge service for San Francisco only. As collaborative economy services disrupt existing models, this seems like a smart experiment to determine what people might miss about hotels.
- Social product spotter Product Hunt got a glowing write up in TechCrunch this week. And here’s an analysis of the early Product Hunt data — product names seem to be converging around IO, iOS, Me, 2.0, One, Up, Box, Hub, and Hello.
- Google is reportedly in talks for a $1B acquisition of Twitch, which allows gamers to stream their gameplay for others. And watching others play video games is serious business: Twitch has 45 million visitors and more than a million new videos each month. Surely, some are from newly-funded Super Evil Megacorp.
Weekend fun: John Oliver explained net neutrality clearly enough that Americans finally became outraged about a system with “all the ingredients of a mob shakedown.” And maybe his plea for vitriolic internet commenters to channel their indiscriminate rage in a useful direction took the FCC website down.