Wikipedia Adds ‘Nearby’ Feature To Surface Location-Relevant Content

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the addition of a new Nearby feature designed to help users discover articles about subjects relevant to their location. It’s available for both mobile and desktop. The feature not only will help users discover interesting…

Wikipedia Gets More Location-Friendly

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced the launch of a new GeoData extension to usher in “a new age of geotagging on Wikipedia”. Roughly translated, Wikipedia will be getting a lot more useful at the location level. The extension for MediaWiki…

Google Launches New Google Maps APIs For Location-Enabled Apps

Google announced the launch of two new APIs for organizations who want to build their own location-enabled apps: the Google Maps Tracks API and the Google Maps Geolocation API. The Google Maps Tracks API lets organizations build apps that can…

The Rise of Geosocial-Based Internet Services [Pew Research]

It seems like everyday there’s another location-based service popping up to offer us an incentive to either broadcast our location of cash in on some exclusive deal. Sites like Foursquare and Gowalla were the focus of Pew Internet Research’s latest…

Social Discovery is BIG (and Creepy?) at SXSW

There’s a new trend in social media and application development, and it’s called “social discovery”. If you haven’t already heard the term a lot, you will soon. SXSW is famously an event where a lot of startups get to make…

Foursquare For BlackBerry Gets “Explore” Improvements

Foursquare announced an update with some new features for its BlackBerry app today. The improvements mainly come to the “Explore” feature. “Every time you find a place with Explore, we find the right recommendations for you, based on where you’ve…

Could A Foursquare Acquisition By Google Be In the Cards?

I write this with no intent of spreading any rumors or sensationalizing the situation. There is nothing indicating that the two companies are in talks about an acquisition, but from the sound of it, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is not…

Gowalla: Facebook Not Acquiring User Data

As you may know, Gowalla was acquired by Facebook. The news has been ciculating since Friday. Gowalla made the official announcement on its blog today, however, and is driving home the fact that Facebook is not acquiring user data. Also,…

Zaarly: The Next eBay?

Mobile commerce startup Zaarly announced today that it has closed a $14 million Series A round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins. They also announced that they’ve added Meg Whitman to their board. Whitman, of course, is the President and…

Foursquare Joins The iOS 5 Release Party With “Radar”

Today, Apple released their highly-anticipated iOS 5 update. To a lesser degree of buzz, Foursquare released an update to their app, version 4.0. And it looks like Foursquare v4.0 is going to make good use of that iOS 5 update.…

Foursquare Now Keeps Your Home Off The Grid

If you’re a user of Foursquare, it’s highly likely that you’ve created an entry for your home on the service’s network. I mean, most people are at their home more than they are at any other location, and if you…

Gowalla to Become More About Content, Less About Check-Ins

Gowalla announced that it is going in a new direction today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Gowalla, which began as a check-in app, now views check-ins as “transactional”. The company says it wanted to do something faster, more connected and…

Location-Based Services Used by 28% of Adults

Pew Internet has released new data about American adults who use location-based services. “We find that 28% of adults use at least one of the key location-service opportunities that exist in mobile and social media spaces and by far the…

President Obama is Now on Foursquare

Foursquare has officially attracted their biggest name yet, as the leader of the free world joined the service yesterday evening. No, President Obama won’t be battling people for mayorships, as this is an official White House account. I’m sure that’s…

Groupon Now Comes to Foursquare

Groupon and Foursquare have teamed up to bring Groupon Now deals to Foursquare users. It’s been known that the two companies were working together, but now users (and businesses) can reap the benefits. “Groupon Now!, our real-time deal platform, continues…

Foursquare and American Express Launch Specials for Cardholders

Back in March, just before SXSW, Foursquare announced a partnership with American Express that would see card users getting discounts, by checking in at stores, restaurants, etc. They began testing in Austin, where those who linked their AmEx and Foursquare…

Loopt u-Deals Lets You Create Your Own Deals for Local Businesses

Loopt has an interesting new spin on the hot deals space. The company has announced a product called U-Deals, which essentially gets the consumer (You, or “U” – get it?) to create the deal, including the discount, and then use…

Loopt Illustrates Growth of “Qs” Product

Loopt, which announced a new partnership with Groupon last week to provide users with Groupon Now alerts, is sharing some of its own usage stats. “We just hit 14,000 Qs answered in the Bay Area,” Loopt Corporate Communications Manager Sharon…

Foursquare and Groupon Expected to Partner on Location-Based Deals

It was only a matter of time. The check-in app and daily deals spaces continue to merge, and this time it looks like the poster children for both spaces are joining forces. Foursquare and Groupon are partnering, according to a…

Loopt Gets Groupon Now Alerts

Groupon and Loopt have partnered to to give Loopt users access to alerts from Groupon’s recently launched Groupon Now service. “The big thing Loopt brings to this is location-specific alerts,” Loopt Corporate Communications Manager Sharon Howell tells WebProNews. “Loopt’s Reward…