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Google Latitude check-in deals now available across the US

Recently, Google has been busy beefing up Latitude to make it more competitive with other location apps -- and more fun to use. Location history was added recently, iOS users can post check-ins via Latitude, and now Google has begun rolling out location-based deals which are tied to the service. If you're in the U.S., you can now score local savings at participating merchants by checking in ...

GetGlue BlackBerry app now available for download

GetGlue, the popular social activity check-in app, has finally arrived in BlackBerry App World. Now, users of just about any BlackBerry 8xxx or 9xxx device with OS 5 or better can share what they're watching, reading, playing, listening to, or thinking about. After a little more than a month in beta testing, GetGlue is now fully ready to provide BlackBerry owners with a way to earn piles of fre...

Bizzy launches check-out app, helps you find places to shop

There's a new check-in app in town, but Bizzy isn't just about letting friends know where you are -- it's also about rating businesses where you just completed a purchase. The app also acts as a discovery service, allowing you to see where users with tastes similar to your own have been checking out. Location updates can be posted to Facebook or Twitter, and so far the service has gathered info...

Foursquare now available in French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese

The latest update to location-based social networking app Foursquare is a big one for international users. Foursquare now comes in five more languages: French, Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese. Even the badges have been translated! This is a big deal for Foursquare's business, because they're now getting checkins from users in nearly 200 different countries, and businesses in those countries...

Super Bowl becomes Foursquare's first 'promoted venue'

Foursquare is taking advantage of Super Bowl madness to launch a new feature: promoted events. When the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off this Sunday, anyone who checks in at the game will get a special Super Bowl badge. You don't have to be one of the people who spent hundreds of dollars on tickets to get in on the Foursquare action. Just shout "Go Steelers" or "Go Packers" o...

Loopt 4 introduces Facebook Places integration and automatic location sharing

Loopt, one of the earliest entries in the location-based social networking game, has recently been overshadowed by players like Gowalla and Foursquare. But Loopt is back with Loopt 4.0, which offers a complete redesign, integration with Facebook Places, and a real-time location tracker reminiscent of Google Latitude. Although it lacks the buzz of its location-based brethren, Loopt still has 4 mill...

Yelp adds check-in offers

Yelp has updated its business owner dashboard today and added check-in offers to it. People have been using Yelp's check-in functionality to check in to businesses they go to for a long time now, and today's feature has the potential to incentivize them to check in using Yelp even more. Business owners that have a Yelp account can now reward their customers for checking in to their business. Th...

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 ap...

GetGlue is a slick, useful media check-in and recommendation engine

With all of the social networking and "check-in" services that are available these days, you might think you've seen it all. But there's one currently untapped, check-in-able experience left and that's media. GetGlue, a free app by AdaptiveBlue, thinks it has that niche covered, and in essence, it's like Foursquare for media. The idea is that every time you watch a TV show or movie, listen to mus...

Mayorama could be the ultimate Foursquare companion, but it's not quite there yet

If you're a mayorship-obsessed, Foursquare-loving, check-in fiend with an iPhone, Mayorama could be the best 99 cents you spend this week. It promises to show you the status of your mayorships -- how many check-ins you have at each venue, and how many to go until you become mayor -- and give you a list of targets (nearby vulnerable venues you can check into). Even if you're just wondering how many...

Facebook Places is Facebook's foray into the location arena

The launch of Facebook Places marks Facebook's long-awaited entry into the location-based social networking game. Far from destroying Foursquare and Gowalla, though, Facebook actually got those companies, along with Yelp and MyTown, on board with its Places API. Check-ins should eventually flow both ways, making it as easy as possible to tell Facebook -- I mean, uh, your friends -- where you are. ...

Winning Foursquare mayorships just got a lot easier

If you're as obsessed with Foursquare as I am, here's some good news for you: there's finally a site that lets you see how many more checkins you need to become mayor of your favorite venue. It's called When Will I Be Mayor?, and it offers features like venue monitoring so that you always know how close you are to achieving a mayorship. I've been waiting for something like this for a while bec...

Loopt introduces LooptStar, rehashes ideas from Foursquare

Loopt was the first location-based social app out of the gate for iPhone -- remember that absurd demo with the guy in the double-popped collars? -- but it was soon passed up by competitors like Foursquare. Now Loopt is playing catchup by introducing LooptStar, a "loyalty card" system that allows businesses to reward repeat customers. Anyone who's used Foursquare will notice that this LooptStar thi...

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 checki...

Avoidr uses Foursquare to help you dodge your enemies

Foursquare is awesome for figuring out where your friends are, but it can also be useful for knowing where your enemies aren't. Avoidr, a service built on Foursquare, promises to help you "keep your friends close and your enemies at that bar down the street." With Avoidr, you can select any Foursquare contact and discreetly declare him or her "dead to you." You also get to assign an insult to ...