Tap it out: Foursquare for BlackBerry updated with NFC support

Check-in service Foursquare is helping its BlackBerry fans bridge the cross-platform communication gap, enabling them to exchange tips, lists, venues, and profiles with friends by way of near field communication support in the newest version of its BlackBerry app.

LocalResponse checks in to social TV advertising with Philo acquisition

Now businesses can keep an eye on consumers checking in in TV land and the real world at the same time. LocalResponse, a company that helps businesses monitor and respond to check-ins, today announced its acquisition of Philo Media Corporation, which has created a way for TV and theatrical studios to deliver real-time messages to consumers. Financials were not disclosed.

Check-in screen

TV check-in app GetGlue gets a mobile web app

AdaptiveBlue, a New York City startup that lets users “check in” to TV shows to share what they’re watching with their friends, has unveiled an HTML5 version of its GetGlue app that emulates its iPhone and Android applications.

LevelUp makes redeeming check-in rewards easier with American Express

LevelUp, a pilot in the local deals space created by check-in app Scvngr, today announced a partnership with American Express to give users the ability to redeem deals with their credit cards, eliminating the need for printed coupons or showing your phone at the point of sale.

Jiepang, China’s Foursquare, begins NFC testing

Jiepang, China’s version of location check-in service Foursquare, has begun near field communication (NFC) trials with its popular location-based application. Users will be able to check into locations using NFC, a wireless technology built into a device that communicates with a reader when it is in close proximity (a few centimeters). Jeipang is the first location-based service of its kind to begin testing NFC in the Chinese market.

Facebook lets users check-in to events

Facebook may be looking to add its check-in feature to more than just Places today as some events appear to now have a check-in button, according to AllFacebook.com.

Have the location-based patent wars begun?

Popular location-based check-in application Foursqaure was slapped with a lawsuit today for supposedly infringing on a patent from little known company Mobile Commerce Framework, as first reported by TechCrunch.

Foursquare 3.0 will recommend where to check in

Foursquare, the hot location-based check-in startup, today announced on its blog that it will be releasing Foursquare 3.0 later today for Android and iPhone. The new version comes with several feature updates, but probably the most notable is the much-rumored recommendation engine.

Scvngr finds 1 million users willing to complete location challenges

Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, is defying the conventional wisdom that services which broadcast one’s location to friends aren’t ready for the mainstream. Just yesterday, the app has reached 1 million users, founder and chief executive Seth Priebatsch tells VentureBeat, and added nearly 10,000 new users since then.

Survey suggests local businesses checking in to Facebook Places

Facebook Places, the feature that allows users to check in and share their location, may be winning the hearts and dollars of local businesses, according to a MerchantCircle quarterly report of more than 8,000 U.S. local businesses.

Foursquare short-cut to debut on Japanese smartphones

Foursquare, the hot New York-based location-based check-in game, has partnered with Japanese telecommunications company KDDI to give users a short-cut for downloading the mobile application on several of its Android smartphones.

Update: Scvngr to come preloaded on newest Virgin Mobile smartphone

Update: After several comments from our readers and follow up with Loopt, it appears that the location-based check in application is preloaded on several smartphones, including the LG Optimus M and Huawei Ascend on MetroPCS (both Android) and also its BlackBerry Curve 8530.

Foursquare reveals new “promoted” check-in for Super Bowl Sunday

Tech companies have long glommed on to the Super Bowl to promote their services. Remember how TiVo touted the number of people who replayed Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004? Now Foursquare, the hot New York-based location service, has revealed an alluring offer you’ll want to check out — or rather, check in.

Google Latitude gives 10 million users check-in power

Google may have just made its big move in the location-based services space. According to the company’s mobile blog, it has launched Google Maps 5.1 for Android and included the ability to check in to specific locations with Latitude, its feature for sharing your location with friends.

Foursquare grew 3400% in 2010

Popular mobile check-in application Foursquare today announced that it grew 3400% in 2010. The company now stands at 6 million users.

Filmaster looks to be “Foursquare for films”

Filmaster, a recommendation engine for movies and shows, announced today that it’s launching an application programming interface, or API, for developers looking to use the service’s data and algorithms in their own applications or websites.

Bugs feast on latest BlackBerry app from Foursquare

Location-based check-in app Foursquare has released an updated version of its service for RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones, according to mobile blog Crackberry. However, any excitement by users should be short-lived.

Foursquare fights fake friends

Popular check-in application Foursquare is facing a problem that has long bedeviled social networks — spurious friend requests. And it’s dealing with violators by putting a cap on them.

Where will the location superstars check in this New Year’s?

Wondering how to tell your friends where you are for New Year’s? There are a host of hot location-based startups which let you check in to a venue and broadcast your whereabouts to friends. Since I write about these services regularly, I decided to ask the founders of these companies where they’d be for New Year’s. The coolest choice of place meant that service got the honor my check-in.

Foursquare launches new Android app earlier than expected

Foursquare may have just released a new iPhone application on Monday, but the company isn’t done with the upgrades just yet. Cofounder and chief executive Dennis Crowley just tweeted that the Android version of the new app is now available, complete with the new comments and photos features.

What can we expect from Foursquare’s new app?

According to a recent Foursquare post on Twitter, the company just had the next version of its iPhone application approved by Apple. (The post thanked “SantaJobs,” apparently a reference to Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs.)

With new programming tools, Foursquare hopes more developers will check in

Location-based check-in service Foursquare just announced on its blog that is has officially released the second version of its application programming interface, or API, in beta. The first version of its API, used by third-party developers to build software that connects to Foursquare’s services, will still be functional, but will probably phase out in a few months, according to the company.

Foursquare: 5 million users, 25,000 new ones a day

Foursquare cofounder and chief executive Dennis Crowley just took the stage at Le Web, an Internet conference held in Paris, France, and noted the company now has 5 million users, is adding 25,000 new users daily, and is seeing more than 2 million check-ins a day.

Loopt unveils new check in features with launch of version 4.0

Loopt, an early leader in location-based services, today announced it has launched the next version of its application with several new features, including automatic check-ins, text messages, social recommendations, and rewards from businesses.

Foursquare looks for full team of West Coast engineers

If you’re an engineer on the West Coast looking to join a hot startups, here’s a good reason to prepare your resume. According to a company blog post, popular mobile check-in application Foursquare has decided to put together a full team of engineers in its new West Coast office.

New updates hint at the future of Foursquare’s website

Popular mobile check-in application Foursquare today announced on its blog that it has made a few updates to its main website. I couldn’t help but wonder if the updates are in preparation for the site to allow users to check-in from their desktops.

Have you checked-in with Facebook Places? Probably not

An inside source at Facebook is claiming that some 30 million of its users have used Facebook Places, according to Business Insider. With more than 500 million users, that number would mean that only about 6% of Facebook users have tried the newly launched feature.