This week we take a peek at a new social platform centered around users’ passions, and we explore a new tool that can monitor public records.

PART 1: Hello

A new social platform called Hello, created by a group of former Google engineers and supported by the company, centers its user experience around specific interests or passions and also integrates gaming elements into the social space. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Orkut Buyukkokten and Community Manager Ashley Pengilly give us a peek at how it works.

Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.

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Hello’s founder previously launched Orkut, Google’s first social platform, which was shut down in 2014. More details about Hello can be found on the company’s website.

PART 2: Sqoop

A service called Sqoop, currently in beta testing, provides another way technology can automatically keep watch and alert journalists when there’s something to report on. In this case, the tool assembles and monitors several types of public records. Bill Hankes, founder and chief executive officer, explains how reporters are already using it.

Reporting by Haley Reed.

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