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.

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.

The real reason location services aren’t so smart

For all the hype and attention location-based services are getting these days, only 1 in 25 Americans have ever tried one, and only 1 out of 100 use them weekly, according to a recent survey by Forrester Research.

Loopt hires mobile veteran to reclaim the location crown

Loopt, an early leader in location-based social services, just announced that mobile industry veteran Steve Boom (pictured left) is joining the company as its first president. Boom will lead the Mountain View, Calif. startup with cofounder Sam Altman (pictured right), who continues to serve as chief executive.

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.

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.

Gowalla says it will build on, not compete with, Facebook Places (video)

Scott Raymond is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Gowalla, a location-based entertainment firm. His company is one of the partners that is launching a new app for Facebook’s new location service, Facebook Places, which Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed this evening.

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.

Mashery gains momentum with location-based services customers

If you look at a bunch of cool location-based apps, you’re likely to find Mashery under the hood. Mashery has a software platform that companies (in this case, location-service companies) can use to market, distribute and keep track of their application programming interfaces (APIs), which allow third-party developers to build apps on their services.

What do we know about Facebook’s location service?

It has been clear for months now that Facebook on features that allow users to share their location with friends. All that discussion could come to a head tomorrow afternoon, when Facebook holds a press event at its Palo Alto headquarters where the company is expected to finally unveil its location service.

Shopkick launches iPhone app for shopping check-ins and deals

After building up quite a bit of buzz over the past few months, the Palo Alto, Calif. startup Shopkick — which can best be described as FourSquare meets shopping — officially launched its iPhone app today.

Activity-tracking service The Hotlist launches iPhone app

Location-based service The Hotlist aggregates Facebook and Twitter feeds to tell its users where the hottest spots in town are – as defined by where their friends are going. The service was solely available online for the past year. But now it’s launching an iPhone app and plans to deliver Blackberry and Android apps shortly.

CardStar connects loyalty cards to Foursquare check-ins

The check-in game as popularized by location-based services Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt and others, desperately needs something more tangible than just the mere exclamation of a user’s location. One way to bring more value – and thus more interest – to the check-in is tying it to a real-world deal, like getting a cheaper beverage at a coffee shop in return for frequent check-ins. Now, a company specializing in digitizing the loyalty cards people carry in their wallets, CardStar, is integrating its service with Foursquare check-ins in an effort to make checking in more relevant.

Foursquare talking to Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft about search deals

After announcing 2 million users last week, Foursquare is quickly looking to monetize the massive amounts of user data it’s amassing. Now company founder and CEO Dennis Crowley has told The Telegraph that Foursquare is in talks with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft about a data partnership.

$4.6M of Foursquare’s latest funding to go into executives’ pockets

After the popular check-in service Foursquare finally closed its second round of funding in June after much speculation in the press, the company announced it had secured $20 million from Andreessen Horowitz and others. According to a recent SEC filing, the company’s top executives are taking a $4,636,688 cut out of the total – which, to be exact, is four dollars shy of $20 million.

Facebook to write “new chapter” of its mobile strategy

Facebook is going to go beyond rolling out standalone applications for iPhones, Google Android devices or feature phones and start considering itself a platform for developers to distribute mobile apps with.

Face2face brings privacy to location by approximating friends’ whereabouts

Location-based services that are taking advantage of a smartphone’s GPS and wi-fi triangulation capabilities are continuously struggling to get even more accurate location data to pinpoint phones and, by extension, their users. While accuracy is a boon for many, there are companies taking a different approach to location: Close enough is good enough.

ScatterTree discovers apps based on your location

With over 225,000 apps available in Apple’s App Store and 65,000 apps on Android Market, it’s no wonder some smartphone users feel overwhelmed by the numbers. For now, the different marketplaces for apps offer recommendations, list the most popular downloads and categorize the existing hordes of apps. But there’s a cool new app called ScatterTree that filters apps by location.

Foursquare lets brands push tips to users

The popular location-based check-in service Foursquare today added a feature called “location layers”. In essence, it means that established brands –- at first, the Independent Film Channel and the Huffington Post – can use Foursquare’s “tips” feature to push the information they want to users. The bigger picture here is that this a step in Foursquare moving from a mere game to a location platform.

One million singles sign up for Skout dating app

Feel like there are no singles out there? Have no fear. Skout, the location-based dating app, now boasts one million registered users in its service. Summer seems to be the time when people are looking for love, as Skout says more than 200,000 users signed up in the month of June, breaking the one-million mark.

MobileBeat 2010: Location is where it’s at

One of the hottest phenomena in the mobile world right now is location — and the place to hear about is in San Francisco on July 12-13 at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference.

3D maps: you’ll be able to walk around in them like in a virtual world

Online maps are extremely useful, but not very innovative in their present form, as most maps we use today merely mirror paper maps. The road map serves most of our everyday needs, but as more and more data with a location component to it is accumulated – geo-tagged photos, videos, or information from social networks like Facebook and Twitter – we’ll need to represent that data in a way that adds value without overwhelming users.

Location service Geodelic raises $7 million, readies for big announcements

Geodelic, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based mobile application company specializing in location-based services, has raised $7 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by MK Capital, with previous investors Clearstone Ventures Partners and Shasta Ventures also taking part.

Smartphones taking over the navigation market (study)

More speed bumps lie ahead for in-car navigation devices. As maps are becoming a standard feature in smartphones, handheld devices are truly taking over the navigation market for cars, according to a recent report by market research firm iSuppli.

WaveMarket relaunches as Location Labs, considers an IPO

Goodbye WaveMarket, hello Location Labs! WaveMarket, a company that has built a platform for location-based services, is changing its name today to Location Labs and releasing new features for developers, even as its existing business is propelling revenues to heights where an initial public offering is plausible, according to the startup’s CEO, Tasso Roumeliotis.

Elite check-in service Topguest has “don of the PayPal mafia” on board

A new company is making blips on the location-based services radar. New York-based Topguest is moving into the market with an idea to bridge location-based services with the travel industry. Working in “sneak-preview” mode — meaning it’s aching to make announcements but isn’t ready yet — the company is backed up by an experienced venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, the co-founder and ex-CEO of PayPal.

PlaceBook bets on privacy when it comes to location data

You’ve heard this mantra before: “Location, location, location.” There’s a new player in town called PlaceBook, and if it is to be believed, the proper mantra should be “privacy, privacy, privacy.”