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Facebook Uses Check-In Data To Find World’s Top “Social Landmarks” Facebook Uses Check-In Data To Find World’s Top “Social Landmarks”

It’s summer and that, of course, means travel. And when people go places, the common thing for them to do in the last few years is check-in and let all of their friends know exactly where they are and what …

A Look at Google’s Location-Based Mobile Alerts Patent A Look at Google’s Location-Based Mobile Alerts Patent

As pointed out by Endgadet, Google owns the right to a patent that, according to its title, is a “Location-based mobile device alarm,” an idea that will surely please those of you who worry about the collection of location data …

Malls Planning to Track Smartphones During Black Friday? Malls Planning to Track Smartphones During Black Friday?
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Location data, and the privacy issues related to the subject are a touchy subject, especially among those who value their privacy. With that in mind, would you go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving if you knew the store(s) you …

iPhone Fireflies Look Awesome iPhone Fireflies Look Awesome

Whatever your feelings are about mobile device tracking, the fact is, it’s a reality we live with. Even before the iPhone location data hoopla hit the wires, mobile devices, particularly with phones, were known to be easy to track. Every …

Google Places Now Imports Your Foursquare Data Google Places Now Imports Your Foursquare Data
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Late yesterday evening, the Google Places blog announced an update to their location-based service that aims to give you “better access to your content.” The first tweak is the ability to get your Google Place reviews and ratings as an …

iOS 4.3.3 Out, Fixes Tracking “Bugs” iOS 4.3.3 Out, Fixes Tracking “Bugs”

The newest update to iOS, version 4.3.3 is here – earlier than projected. Rumors about the update releasing within a couple weeks hit on Monday. To the delight of those antsy to get back to thinking that they are off …

Google’s South Korean Offices Searched for “Illegally Collected Location Data” Google’s South Korean Offices Searched for “Illegally Collected Location Data”

Google was probably not jealous that Apple has been getting more of the attention regarding location tracking these days. But today, Google is receiving some international press. Reuters reports that Google’s offices in Seoul, South Korea were raided and searched …

Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label Verizon Addresses Location Tracking, Announces New Warning Label
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In a letter dated April 19th, 2011 – one day before the Apple iPhone tracking hullabaloo all began – Verizon’s VP of government relations Peter Davidson wrote to congress concerning the topic of consumer privacy. The just released letter is …

South Park Does Steve Jobs Tonight, Looks Promising South Park Does Steve Jobs Tonight, Looks Promising

Historically, it’s not exactly been an honor to make a cameo on South Park.  Just ask Barbara Streisand, immortalized as MechaStreisand, a giant malevolent robot that hid a special crystal in its giant nose. Or ask Ben Affleck, who was …

Apple Responds to Location Tracking (About Time) Apple Responds to Location Tracking (About Time)
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Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so. This is the unequivocal opening statement from Apple’s official release this morning.  This marks the first official response …

Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging Steve Jobs Responds to iPhone Location Data Logging

Part XVII of the Apple Location Tracking Saga: Or, the one where Steve Jobs maybe responds. Senators, representatives, state officials and entire foreign countries have all requested a response from Apple regarding the involuntary logging of location data in iOS …

Yahoo Lights Up Location Data With Fire Eagle

Yahoo’s Brickhouse incubator opened its latest work: Fire Eagle, a location data management platform for web applications.