The new Google Maps with personalized recommendations is now live

At its I/O developer conference last month, Google previewed a major update to Google Maps that promised to bring personalized restaurant recommendations and more to the company’s mapping tool.

Instagram will now add ‘Recommended’ posts to your feed

Instagram’s feed will now show users recommended posts – a change that earlier this month was spotted while in testing, and has since quietly gone live. The feature, described here in the

Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new tunes and make recommendations, to

Netflix tests pre-roll video ‘previews’ that are personalized to your interests

Netflix regularly experiments with new ways to introduce viewers to its own original programming, including through recommendations, trailers, and other featured selections on its homepage. The latest

Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommenda

Samsung rolls out new smart TV services for sports, music & video, plus an updated mobile app

Apple last month released a new TV app in an attempt to centralize all the streaming TV options available across Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. Now, Samsung is rolling out its own take on the matter, wi

Hulu acquires The Video Genome Project to improve recommendations ahead of live TV service’s launch

Amid a growing number of video streaming services, Hulu today has finalized an acquisition that will allow it to better compete on user experience, by way of improved recommendations. The company has

Apple recommends products based on your purchase history in its Apple Store app

Apple has big plans to overhaul its App Store in the months ahead to better tailor the experience to its end users. But ahead of that, the company has introduced a more personalized version of its Ap

Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

Yahoo this morning launched a new travel guide for iOS it’s calling Yahoo Radar. While the app will offer traditional travel companion type features like restaurant recommendations and details o

Legit Debuts A Social Watchlist App For Finding The Best Movies And Shows On Any Service

With the number of cord cutters on the rise, and even pay TV subscribers spending more of their time streaming video from services like Netflix and Amazon, there's a growing need for tools that make t

Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

A startup called Kifi is rolling out a new tool that allows you to automatically save all the links you tweet in order to create a personalized search engine that includes those links as well as other

Yandex Buys Sovetnik To Expand Its E-Commerce Business With Better Recommendations

Another acquisition for Yandex, this one to help the online search giant — known as the Google of Russia — build out its Yandex.Market shopping portal. It has bought Sovetnik, a Russi

WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-Backed Luvocracy, A Pinterest-Like Marketplace For Product Recommendations

Walmart's Silicon Valley R&D group @WalmartLabs is announcing this morning that it has acquired its 14th startup, social marketplace Luvocracy. As part of the deal, @WalmartLabs will bring in a to

Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

<a target="_blank" href="">Spotsetter</a>, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been qui

Event Discovery App Fever Gets $3M Seed Funding From Flickr’s CEO And Other Investors

Fever, an event discovery and booking app for iOS and Android, has received $3 million in seed funding from investors including Jeff Pulver, an early investor in Twitter and Foursquare); Bernardo Hern

GemShare Brings Simple, Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations To The iPhone

A company called <a target="_blank" href="">GemShare</a> wants to formalize what's today a somewhat haphazard and frustrating process of getting personal recommendations fr

With $1.5M In Angel Funding, Wants To Provide Better Recommendations For Important Service Providers

There are tons of recommendation sites out there, but for services where the stakes are much higher than a meal--like pediatricians or financial advisors--a lot of people still prefer referrals from f

Zofari Debuts A “Pandora For Places” On iPhone & Android

Some local recommendation apps tell you where you can go to eat, dine or be entertained, as rated by things like proximity, price or user reviews. Others aim to offer a more personalized experience, h

Social Travel App Jetpac Ditches Facebook, Pivots To Instagram-Based “City Guides” For At-A-Glance Recommendations

Facebook-based social travel apps may have run their course. <a target="_blank" href="">Jetpac</a>, a gorgeous but ultimately slow-to-grow travel app for iPad, which last year

Restaurant Recommendation Engine Ness Now Helps Groups Decide Where To Eat, Adds Support For Web & Android Users Too

Restaurant recommendations service <a target="_blank" href="">Ness</a> has been steadily improving upon on its technology which helps you find the best place to eat based on
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