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.

Did Facebook just hint at its answer to Groupon?

Facebook just revealed that it’s testing a new feature called “Buy with Friends” for its site, which will allow users to share their deals on virtual goods — and I’m starting to wonder whether Facebook could bring something similar to non-virtual deals.

Gowalla 3 plays nice with Foursquare and Facebook Places

Gowalla, one of the earliest and best-known services that lets you share your location with friends, is releasing a big upgrade today. The most noteworthy addition is the fact that it now lets users check in and view their friends’ check ins on competing services like Foursquare.

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.

New Facebook patent could threaten Foursquare and Gowalla

While Facebook Places wasn’t the first on the location-based services scene, it may have just became the top dog. According to Eric Sherman at CBS’s BNET site, the company has been granted a very broad patent, filed in 2007, called “Systems and methods for automatically locating Web-based social network members.”

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.

Foursquare still alive and kicking after Facebook tries to steal its thunder

Foursquare has hit 3 million users for its location-based social network. Facebook  launched a rival location service, Facebook Places, in mid-August. But that apparently hasn’t lessened interest in Foursquare’s service, as some had feared. Foursquare’s growth is still accelerating, the numbers show.

Foursquare’s record check-ins aren’t because of Facebook

Facebook’s latest feature, Places, mimics the core function of another hot startup, Foursquare: announcing to your friends where you are. The long-expected competition stirred a lot of buzz in Facebook’s Silicon Valley turf and Foursquare’s home base, media-soaked Manhattan.

Google’s social czar picks a location fight with Facebook

Google’s timing can be peculiar — but rarely coincidental. A day after Facebook launched its first location feature, the search giant revealed in a blog post Thursday that more than 100 million users check Google Maps on mobile devices.

Where’s Zuckerberg? On stage introducing Facebook Places (video)

Mark Zuckerberg was in his element today. The chief executive of Facebook got to unveil his company’s latest creation, Facebook Places, which adds location to the world’s largest social network. He got up on a makeshift stage in his company’s own cafeteria at its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. He mingled with the partners and members of Facebook’s own engineering team, high-fiving those who looked his age — only they didn’t have a net worth above $1 billion.

Booyah builds a new location app for Facebook Places in three weeks (video)

Keith Lee, chief executive of location-based game company Booyah, said today that his team built its new Facebook Places location app — InCrowd — in just three weeks. The app lets users interact with friends and share posts in real-time in real-world locations.

Facebook’s Chris Cox explains why Places is ‘dope’

Facebook concluded the unveiling of its new Places location check-in feature today with a speech from vice president of product Chris Cox (pictured here at another event) that was either inspiring or cheesy, depending on how charitable you were. Either way, it hinted at the bigger vision that company executives have for the product.

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.

Facebook reveals the details behind Places

Facebook just confirmed the rumors that it’s launching a new location check-in feature. Company executives (including founder Mark Zuckerberg, who kicked off the event) said the product serves three main goals: To allow users to share their location with friends, to see where their friends are, and to discover new places.