Location, Location, Location: Deal Volume Proxy for Interest in Location-Based Services

[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.

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