Mayor Maker lets you automatically check-in and out of locations

Mayor Maker, a recently launched location-based application from Location Labs, is giving iPhone users the opportunity to automatically check-in to as well as check-out of locations using Foursquare. The application is currently available on iTunes.

CheckPoints wants to reward you for checking into store products

Millions of consumers use location-based mobile apps to check-in to locations every day. But CheckPoints, a new mobile shopping application, is looking to take check-in services to the next level by asking you to check into products within stores. Each check-in rewards the user with points that can be redeemed for prizes like gift cards, miles or gadgets. The iPhone app is expected to be approved today or tomorrow by Apple.

WeePlaces adds Gowalla and Facebook to visualize check-ins

WeePlaces, a service which visually maps your check-ins on location-based services, has integrated with Gowalla and Facebook, giving users the ability to see where they’ve announced their location to friends across Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places.

DEMO: TuneUp Media looks to clean up your music library

TuneUp Media is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Primal Pages for Publishers finds Web content for businesses

Primal is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: PublicStuff helps get stuff fixed around town

PublicStuff is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

Location Labs gets info on 15 million local businesses from CityGrid Media

Location Labs, a company that helps developers create location-based mobile applications, today announced a partnership with CityGrid Media, a subsidiary of Web giant  IAC and supplier of local content and advertising to other sites. The partnership will give Location Labs access to information on more than 15 million local businesses. debuts Q&A Partner Platform

Search site today announced the debut of its new Q&A Partner Platform. The offering leverages the company’s recently launched Q&A feature, which routes questions to appropriate members of the community. Members are selected based on their interests and areas of knowledge.

TextPlus group-texting app adds photos

TextPlus, an application that lets groups easily text each other, today announced it has launched textPlus 4 Pics Edition. The new version lets users send and receive picture messages in an effort to make group texting more social and fun.

Online success pushes Gemvara to cut out jewelry stores

Gemvara, the online tool for customizing and buying jewelry, today decided to abandon its original go-to-market scheme of working with jewelry stores by cutting them out completely. The company previously allowed buyers to customize their jewelry in stores through web-connected displays.

Facebook moves in on Twitter’s turf with new follow feature

Facebook confirmed yesterday that it has begun testing a new “subscribe” feature for users and pages. The feature lets users follow a user or page and receive notifications when a new update or piece of content, such as a picture or video, occurs.

Will Facebook Places pay off for location-based companies?

Just weeks after Facebook announced its new location check-in feature dubbed Facebook Places, several companies have emerged claiming themselves as the first to leverage the features new set of user data. While each company is using the new service slightly differently, it’s not surprising that they want to tap into Facebook’s growing user base.

Dodging Twitter, TweetPhoto becomes photo check-in social network Plixi

TweetPhoto, the company that allows its users to share and interact with photos across Twitter and Facebook, is announcing Tuesday that it has changed its name to Plixi. The company is also moving towards being its own social network, though leveraging Twitter and Facebook, for creating “collective memories” around places and photos.

Can Sprout Social survive in crowded social monitoring market?

Sprout Social, a social media management and monitoring tool for businesses, today announced its official unveiling and public availability to all businesses. The company announced in May that it won backing from Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, through their recently launched investment fund Lightbank.

Could MySpace’s new facelift win over Facebook users?

Popular social network MySpace today announced it has decided to give its profiles a face lift with a more simplistic format. The change comes as a result of user feedback that cited troubles navigating profiles and finding content, said a company spokesperson.

FlowTown adds social media profiles to businesses’ email lists

Flowtown, a company that connects data from social media sites with a company’s email list, announced Wednesday that it raised a seed round of funding for $750,000. The funds will be used to hire more people, especially developers familiar with Ruby, a coding framework for Web development.

CollegeOnly just misses Scoop on college student social networks

The chances that two college-only social networks would launch in the same week seems pretty low. The chances that both networks would also be backed by big name investors seems even lower. But, that’s exactly what’s happened. Along with Scoop, a mobile app backed by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, CollegeOnly launched today backed by PayPal founder Peter Thiel (who’s also on the board of Facebook).

PocketGear grabs $15M more for mobile app store

PocketGear, operator of a mobile application store, today announced it has raised a second round of funding for $15 million. The funds will be used to continue product development, increase its sales and marketing team and expand globally, according to the company’s announcement.

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley: Still deciding on Facebook Places

With Facebook’s announcement of a check-in feature dubbed Facebook Places, we’re all wondering how it will affect location-based services like Foursquare. So I went ahead and asked founder and chief executive Dennis Crowley.

Shape Up The Nation lands $5M to make exercise more social

Shape Up The Nation, a social network used to help motivate people to live healthier, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $5 million. Cue Ball Capital and Excel Venture Management both led the funding.

G5 lands $15M to help local businesses get found online

G5, a developer of local marketing software, today announced it has secured a $15 million first round of funding. The company said the money will be used for software development and marketing to target customers such as multifamily housing, self storage and senior living.

Raise money in memory of a loved one with 1000Memories

1000Memories, a company that lets people create online memories for lost loved ones, announced a partnership today with WePay, a payment provider. The deal will give users a free account and the option of easily raising money for projects, foundations or charities, according to its blog.

Ciespace bags $4M for 3-D digital modeling software

Ciespace, developer of three-dimensional digital modeling software, announced today it has secured a $4 million first round of funding. It plans to use the new money to continue software development and kickstart marketing and sales operations, according to the announcement.

NBA star Steve Nash wants to be a venture capitalist?

Phoenix Suns Steve Nash, a 14 year basketball pro, may be looking to get into the venture capital industry, according to Advertising Age. The basketball star plans on teaming up with Deutsch advertising agency executive Michael Duda.

Demand Media takes first step to market in filing for IPO

Demand Media, an online content provider, has taken the first step towards an initial public offering. The company’s  S-1 filing on Friday revealed details of the company’s business — semi-automated content production with an eye towards capturing users searching for popular topics online, with sites like eHow and Livestrong in its portfolio.

Sexual harassment accusations push HP CEO Mark Hurd to resign

Popular electronics company Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced that CEO Mark Hurd has resigned immediately, in agreement with the board of directors. The resignation comes after a board investigation against Hurd for alleged sexual harassment claims by a former contractor.