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Google Latitude for iOS adds check-in, Places goes multilingual

Android users have been able to post Latitude check-ins via the Google Maps app for some time. Now, Google has brought the same functionality to its Latitude app for iOS. Being able to check-in at specific locations gives the app a much more social feel, and it's nice to be able to do more than track your friends' positions on a map. Google has also delivered a massive internationalization...

Google Maps for Android updated, Latitude and Hotpot now cozier than ever

Google Maps for Android got a small but worthwhile update today, which seems to be part of an effort to socialize Latitude while tying it in closer to Hotpot. Hotpot, which most people just call "Places" at this point since it's never referenced by name in the app itself, now allows users to post their reviews of establishments to Twitter. It's also now meshed in with Latitude much more...

Google Hotpot brings place recommendations to Google search

Launched back in November of 2010, Google Hotpot hasn't gotten a lot of attention so far. That could be about to change, however, with the addition of Hotpot recommendations to Google Search results. If you're searching for something Hotpot-friendly like sushi restaurants in your city, Google will show user reviews inline. You can also click on the Places link below Everything to limit Hotpot...

Facebook beta app for webOS gets Places support

HP Palm's webOS crew continues to churn out useful updates to their software, and this one is kind of a biggie if you're into social networking and check-ins. Today's update to the Facebook beta app brings Places support to Pre and Pixi owners. To check in, simply tap the menu button in the app's top-right corner and then tap the Places icon. Nearby locations will be displayed, and you can then...

Google launches Hotpot for social place recommendations

Google Hotpot is new a social place recommendation engine built on Google's existing Place pages. Up until now, Places have been rated and reviewed based on outside sources like Yelp, but Hotpot lets users rate local establishments using their Google Profiles. After you've entered a few ratings, Hotpot will use your tastes to recommend other places you might like, sort of like a Netflix for...

Facebook for BlackBerry adds Places support

Just a couple months ago, Facebook finally got into the location game. Today, the official BlackBerry blog has announced that their Facebook app is adding support for Places check-ins. The updated app will be available on BlackBerry App World within 24 hours. Users can check into locations within 2 kilometers, and you'll also be able to tag friends who are along for the ride. Just tap the...

Facebook announces simpler mobile logins, Deals, and location API

Facebook's mobile event today didn't give us the rumored Facebook phone, but it did introduce three important new pieces in Facebook's mobile strategy: a one-click sign-on option, location APIs for checking into Facebook Places from third-party apps, and a deals platform for businesses and their customers. Places also made its debut in Facebook's Android app. Facebook is pushing to make its...

Google Place Search introduces quick and easy, clustered local search

Today, Google has introduced even more fusion between its maps and search products by bringing in Place Search. It's a new kind of local search that brings up information about businesses, restaurants, and services that are centralized around a set location. OK, you've been able to do this for a while with Google Maps search, but Place Search automatically gives you this new results display...

Twitter Tuesday - Twitter launches Places, integrates with Foursquare and Gowalla

Big news from Twitter this week: the launch of Places, the next step in Twitter's plan for location-based features. You could already set a general location for your tweets, but now you can tag them with specific places. Places integrates with location-based apps Foursquare and Gowalla. These apps can already spam Twitter (ugh), but Places actually fixes that problem. Instead of checking in...

Facebook's location features will include Foursquare-style checkins

Although they've been overshadowed by nightmarish privacy concerns lately, Facebook's upcoming location features are starting to get some buzz again. This time, it's been more-or-less confirmed that Facebook will be introducing Foursquare-style checkins, at least on mobile versions of the site. Some code for a "location" tab in the touch.facebook.com version of the site seems to indicate...

Fun Tourist Attractions is a curated, visual guide of places to visit

Fun Tourist Attractions calls itself a "visual travel guide," and the name is pretty fitting. It's a large, carefully curated collection of attractions in places all over the world. You won't find stuff that is really "off the beaten path," but it's great for quickly figuring out what some of the most popular attractions are, wherever you're going. Each location has a list of attractions that are...

Google Places: businesses get their own Google profiles

People have been able to create Google profiles since 2008, and now places are getting their own Google pages. As part of an effort to make things in the real world more searchable, Google has converted its blandly-named Local Business Center into the much sexier Google Places. Places combines the 4 million pages that business owners have added to the Local Business Center with the 50 million...

Firefox 3 beta is (almost) out

Mozilla doesn't plan to officially launch Firefox 3 beta for another few days. But the crafty folks over at Digg have umm, dugg up a few download links for anyone who can't wait to get their hands on the newest version of the popular web browser. As usual, Mozilla is releasing Mac, Linux, and Windows versions of Firefox. And the developers have put a handy little Read Me note up on the FTP site...

Flagr, bookmarking the real world

Whenever I visit a new restaurant, I think wow, this place is pretty cool, I need to remember this. Then what do I do? I forget all about it. Ever had the same problem? Flagr to the rescue. Flagr is an application built using RadRails (which for this post is unimportant), but more importantly integrates Google maps and your flags in a Flickr-ish way. Flagr will let you tag locations from your...

Firefox 2.0 to ship without Places

One of the most-touted feature updates scheduled for Firefox 2.0, Places, has been axed from the Bon Echo roadmap and instead rescheduled for Firefox 3.0. In a post to the Mozilla development newsgroup, developer Michael Schroepfer announced the delay of the "complex and exciting feature which changes the way people use bookmarks, history, and navigate through their private space of the...