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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...

Google Places app now available for iPhone, Hotpot social recommendations included

Google has announced the availability of a Places application for iOS devices today. Much like the new Places functionality built into Google Maps for Android, this app comes with support for Hotpot -- Google's social place recommendation feature. Places lets you rate businesses, and it makes it very easy to do so while you're there -- once you hit 'Rate now' in the app, it will try to guess...

Google Places blocked by TripAdvisor, but no one knows why

In an interesting and slightly inexplicable move, TripAdvisor has blocked Google Places from using its massive wealth of hotel and resort reviews. Now, when you search for hotels on Google, and browse around Google Maps, you will no longer see snippets from TripAdvisor. Given Google's recent spate of Places updates, this is either a very bold or very brash move from TripAdvisor. Hotel owners...

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...