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Google Latitude Introduces Location History, Smart Alerts

New features walk cool/creepy line

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A quick, but important, note: the stuff we’re about to discuss is only available on an opt-in basis.  So there’s no need to stop halfway through this article and drown your phone or tape it to a neighbor’s car.  Now, with that out of the way, let’s move on to the news that Google Latitude’s gained two features called Google Location History and Google Location Alerts (which is in beta).

Google Location History may be either the less cool or the less creepy offering, depending on one’s point of view.  A post on the Google Mobile Blog explained that, with it, you can "store, view, and manage your past Latitude locations."  Then, "You can visualize your history on Google Maps and Earth or play back a recent trip in order."

In another nod to personal privacy, it’s possible to delete part or all of your location history, too.

As for the second feature, it builds on the first and tries to intelligently connect you with acquaintances.  According to the post, "Location Alerts can recognize your regular, routine locations and not create alerts when you’re at places like home or work.  Alerts will only be sent to you and any nearby friends when you’re either at an unusual place or at a routine place at an unusual time."

You can enable these offerings here if they suit your style.  And should you later change your mind, Google promises that you can disable them rather than head for the nearest sink or roll of duct tape.

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