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Foursquare 3.0 Goes 'Beyond the Check-In,' Adds Recommendations, Search

Foursquare has released an update for Android and iOS, bringing search functionality and a new Explore feature to the location-based service. Released just in time for SXSW 2011, Foursquare 3.0 offers recommendations to users via the new Explore menu. The suggestions are based on a variety of information, including places where they and their friends have checked in, locations that are popular...

AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T...

Surprise? No One Likes Foursquare or the Rest of That Location-Based Baloney

If you actually get a kick out of using location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla, you're part of a very small online minority. According to a recently released report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, just 4-percent of online Americans share their locations with their friends and family. Only 7-percent of people who access the Web from their cell phones...

Google Place Search Reveals Real-World Locations

According to the Official Google Blog, the company has added the option of searching by place to its results page. By clicking the Places tab that appears on the left side of Google's main page, the search results will be filtered by location, and marked on a map with red pins. Nothing new, right? But, now, each search result includes links containing more information about the place, whereas, in...

Earthjustice Ad's Foursquare Check-ins Raise Money for the Environment

Generally when you "check in" with social services like Foursquare, it's to announce your arrival at a bar to your friends (and, inadvertently, that your home is vulnerable to thieves). But the environmental group Earthjustice sees the social-gaming engine as a tool with potential for more than simply sharing where to get the best bagel with a schmear. The nonprofit has plastered transit stations...

Foursquare Updates iPhone App, Adds 'Add to My Foursquare' Button

Location-based social network Foursqare has updated its iPhone app to 2.0 (with a similar update to hit Android and BlackBerry soon). The app received a significant reorganization that separates your tips and to-dos from the rest of your feed. Thanks to the two new buttons on the bottom navigation bar, those places you've been meaning to check out are easier to locate. You can also quickly add...

Testing Times Square: 'What is Foursquare?'

Quite frequently we hit the streets of New York City to ask random passersby if they can identify the latest gadget, app or Web site, but we don't think we've ever seen our subjects as stymied as they were when trying to identify Foursquare. Most simply shrugged their shoulders, and one poor person even thought we were giving them a math quiz. In the end, we were only able to find one urbanite...

Yahoo! Unveils a New and 'More Wonderful' Flickr

With Facebook now the most popular photo-sharing site on the Web, and with Picasa steadily gaining ground, Flickr found itself in desperate need of a shot in the arm. In response, then, Yahoo! decided to renovate its site in the hopes of making Flickr "more wonderful." According to the New York Times, the new and improved Flickr "displays photos gorgeously," with shots that are now 35-percent...

Google Location History Dashboard Makes Latitude Appeal to Data Nerds

We never really grew to accept Google Latitude. Apple's refusal to approve a proper Latitude app ensured the social network was doomed, but its rather rudimentary feature set certainly didn't help matters. When Google launched Buzz, it only seemed natural that the location-based status updater would be folded into the newer product. But, for some reason, Google decided to maintain them as...

New Jersey Nets Offer Free Tickets to Poor, Unfortunate Gowalla Users

In an effort to get fans to come watch an abysmal NBA team, the New Jersey Nets turned to Gowalla, a location-based social network, earlier this month. The Next Web writes that the team deposited 500 virtual tickets at sports-related locations within 75 miles of the Nets' arena, like sports bars, basketball courts, sporting goods stores and so on. Then, Gowalla users visited these locations and...

Google Makes Suggestions Location-Aware, Improves Spelling Correction

Google, it seems, is never content with its search product. The Big G is constantly tweaking, updating and generally improving the results and suggestions it offers. The latest round of improvements both makes Google Suggest location-aware, and extends the spelling correction feature to cover common names as well as other languages. Google Suggest will now use the city of origin in order to...

'Nosquares' Helps Users Avoid Annoying Foursquare Addicts

Share Foursquare, the location-based social network, has officially jumped the shark. This could be attributed to the swarm of politicians that recently joined the site, or maybe when reality TV stars started using the service. Regardless, Foursquare has moved from, "Wow, that's neat," to "Kill me, she's trying to become 'Mayor' of this place." But Gawker, which has done its share of...

Politicians Flock to Foursquare to Get Their Locations Out

Nowadays, it's pretty common to see politicians pop up all over our Facebook and Twitter feeds. But, according to CNN, we may soon be able to know exactly where our national representatives are at all times, thanks to a growing number of politicians who have added Foursquare to their social networking toolboxes. 27-year-old Patrick Kennedy is currently running for Congress as a Democrat from...

Facebook Teases 'Places' Feature, Stirs Up More Privacy Concerns

Share On Friday, Facebook announced some proposed changes to its privacy policy and statement of rights and responsibilities. As usual with this type of document, the language is dense with legalese, but Facebook graciously offers a so-called "redline" version (even though the lines in question are blue). The simplified document highlights the new language while crossing out major changes....

Use Foursquare to Follow 'Jersey Shore's' Pauly... If You Really Want To

In the corporate pond of celebrity product endorsements, there are guppies, and there are belugas. After having already reeled in Ashton Kutcher, location based social networking site Foursquare may have just harpooned the Moby Dick of contemporary celebrities: DJ Pauly D, of 'Jersey Shore' fame. The Pauly partnership will test a new Foursquare feature known as 'Celebrity Mode,' which lets...