Facebook Defends Tracking Users Even They Opt Out

According to The Hill, Facebook has admitted to senators that it ignores users’ settings and continues to track their location in order to profit off of that information. Senators Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) had questioned how the…

Foursquare CEO: We’re 99% NOT Social Media or Location Check-Ins

We’re 99 percent not social media or location check-ins, says Foursquare Labs CEO Jeff Glueck. We are rather a location technology platform that helps other companies with location technology, marketing tools, analytics tools, and the like. We’re actually more ubiquitous than ever. We are like a location layer underneath, an Intel Inside for location.

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting.…

Facebook Messenger Adds New Way To Send Location

Facebook announced on Thursday that it has added a new way for Messenger users to send a location as part of a conversation. It’s rolling out now, taking the place of the old location feature. With the new version, you…

Twitter Reportedly Eyeing Foursquare Partnership

Twitter has a location-based element to it, but it’s not that sophisticated and it’s not really a huge part of the service. It appears the company may be looking to change that. Business Insider is quoting the ubiquitous “sources familiar…

Tic-Tac-Go Scales Up Classic Game by Turning It into a Check in-Driven Scavenger Hunt

It’s highly likely that you’ve spent countless school days, work meetings, and beach hangouts casually scribbling games of tic-tac-toe. It’s highly unlikely that you’ve ever played it like this. A new app called Tic-Tac-Go mixes tic-tac-toe with city hopping, check-ins,…

Foursquare Finally Moves Beyond the Check-In by Ditching It

Foursquare has been incredibly quiet since late last year. In December, the company touted 45 million users and $35 million in new funding–but since then they’ve made little to no waves. No major updates, and no big changes. Well, now…

Foursquare Touts 45M Users, $35M in New Funding

It’s been a big, transformative year for location-focused app Foursquare. For the past year, Foursquare has been making both incremental and monumental shifts in the core functionality of the app, taking it from just another check-in game to a real…

Google’s Field Trip App Launches on iOS

Back in September of 2012, Google released an app called Field Trip for Android. The app, a creation of Google’s Niantic Labs, was billed as “your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you.” Today,…

Matt Cutts Talks Location And ccTLDs

In Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts discusses location and ccTLDs. Specifically, he responds to the following user-submitted question: We have a vanity domain (http://ran.ge) that unfortunately isn’t one of the generic TLDs, which means we can’t set our…

Facebook Building Passive Location-Tracking App for Friend Discovery [REPORT]

If reports are correct, Facebook is currently hard at work building its own standalone location tracking app that will be able to tell your friends when you’re nearby and vice versa. Bloomberg quotes multiple people “familiar with the matter,” who…

Foursquare Sees 500M Check-ins in 3 Months, Makes Cool Map to Showcase Them

Foursquare has just put up a new blog post that, among other things, touts the service’s ability to create personalized recommendations, build a location layer for the world, and connect people with all of the places they visit. That’s why…

Foursquare Now Tells You When You’re About to Level Up an Expertise Badge

Last month, Foursquare made a pretty significant update to both the check-in screen and location pages on their iOS and Android apps. The update brought large, swipable photos front and center, added relevant info like hours, rating, and more to…

Apple Looking at Foursquare to Help with Apple Maps [REPORT]

Everyone is looking for a way to incorporate personalized, local results into their location services. The new Google Maps for iOS features ratings, price, location, hours, and photo information for hundreds of thousands of businesses. Facebook just launched a huge…

Foursquare Improves iOS App with Better Location Pages

Last week, Foursquare released an update for their Android app that modified location pages to include more relevant information – putting large photos and pertinent places facts front and center. Today, they’ve released an iOS update that pretty much does…

Facebook Turns Nearby Feature into an Actual Location Recommendation Tool

Facebook has just announced a huge revamp of their Nearby feature inside the mobile app that turns it from a not-too-remarkable tracker of friends’ check-ins to an actual attempt at a personalized local recommendation engine. Now when you open up…

Find My Phone for iOS Adds Driving Directions, Makes It Easier to Retrieve Lost Devices or Get Capped in the Process

Apple’s Find My Phone app that shows users the location of their misplaced devices has always lent itself to use in vigilante justice. That of course happens when “misplaced” actually means “stolen.” When you can look at a map and…

Foursquare Gives Locations a New Kind of Rating

If you think that star ratings are oftentimes faulty or unspecific indicators of a location’s true worth, the people at Foursquare agree with you. In order to provide what they think are better ratings, the company is now attaching a…

Check-in on Facebook, Get Free Wi-Fi?

Small and medium-sized businesses have now had a few years to incentivize the “check-in.” Between Foursquare, Facebook, and other networks that offer location broadcasting, businesses have found that check-ins can lead to social buzz. And because check-ins get their business’…

Foursquare Adds to Its Connected Apps Offerings

If you haven’t tried connecting third-party apps to your Foursquare account, you’re doing Foursquare wrong. Sure, Foursquare offers plenty of information on the locations at which you check-in, but having the right connected apps can help you make the best…