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[qi:83] Location-based services (LBS) are one of our favorite topics here at GigaOM. We have covered the business extensively, including the recent mega-billion-dollar acquisitions made by Nokia (NOK) and Tom Tom. In other deals, Google (GOOG) bought Jaiku and last week, Platial acquired Frappr. All of […]

[qi:83] Location-based services (LBS) are one of our favorite topics here at GigaOM. We have covered the business extensively, including the recent mega-billion-dollar acquisitions made by Nokia (NOK) and Tom Tom. In other deals, Google (GOOG) bought Jaiku and last week, Platial acquired Frappr. All of this activity indicates that “location” is becoming increasingly important in the mobile world.

Folks at the most excellent Maperture blog have put together a list of deals that encompass location-based and mapping services. We took their deal information and put it in a graph to show you, at a glance, just how important location really is.

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A short list of LBS start-ups.

  1. Location based services have a niche when it comes to mobile 2.0 type applications. There is so much that can achieved using this technology. I guess once the wireless data service prices comes down, LBS based services are going to play a bigger role
    I had collected a list of startups providing LBS based services. (Maybe not a complete list, need to update) Check out the link-
    http://latestgeeknews.blogspot.com/2007/08/location-based-services-for-mobile-and.html

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  2. hey that is a pretty nifty list. thanks for the link. i am adding it to the post.

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  3. [...] μέλλον. Διαβάστε και το σχετικό άρθρο στο GigaOM, Location, Location, Location: Deal Volume Proxy for Interest in Location-Based Services. This entry was written by Panayotis, posted on 24|Oct|2007 at 02:52, filed under asides and [...]

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  4. Location-Based Services M&A transactions

    The Maperture blog (Jonathan Spinney, Eric Carr and David Williams) offers up a list of the last 70 or so transactions. Interesting historical document.

    • via GigaOm
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  5. Om,
    Thanks for linking my article to your post

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  6. [...] has been a sharp increase in geo-location and location-based services in recent months. That’s good news for Yahoo, and they should be throwing a lot of resources behind FireEagle. [...]

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  7. [...] Location, Location, Location: Deal volume proxy for internet in Location-based services. [...]

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  8. [...] (0) Location Based Services (LBS) are going to be a big next year – you can tell that from the M&A frenzy (25 deals so far in 2007). Further more, bigger chip companies are starting to take note, and gobbling up their tiny [...]

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  9. My company just launched an interesting Location-Based Service in Frankfurt, Germany. The application is called Big Red Zebra and it provides really useful information that users need in their daily lives (like pharmacy opening times and public transit schedules). We use CellID location technology similar to Google My Location, but our application is offline: it doesn’t make server connections so it is very quick and the users don’t incur any runtime data connection or data traffic expenses. Even with the costs of data traffic coming down and the buildup of 3G networks, the time it takes to get a response from a server on a mobile phone can be really annoying. Check out our application at http://www.bigredzebra.de (available in German and English). Comments and feedback are welcome!

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  10. [...] number of mobile applications. Search, social networking, travel guides, etc. Momentum is building. Big bets were especially placed on location based capabilities. I can’t quite count this as a hit, but [...]

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