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Foursquare may be struggling, but that doesn’t mean others aren’t jostling to take its place. A new app, Connect, just raised a…
Russian web giant Yandex may focus on customers in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but its research efforts are widespread —…
Mailchimp chief data scientist John Foreman came on the Structure Show this week to report on his recent trip to Disneyland. It turns out the Magic Kingdom does indeed use data to deliver a personalized experience — and we’re fine with it because it’s fun(ish).
After raising $41 million in debt financing to produce a “smarter” Foursquare with a more robust ad platform, Foursquare has a casualty of its…
Foursquare has finally opened up an ad platform to serve its 1.5 million registered small businesses.
People’s movements are highly predictable, researchers say, making it easy to identify most individuals from supposedly anonymized location datasets. As these datasets have valid uses, this is yet another reason why we need better regulation.
Geoloqi, a small Portland, OR startup that made it easy for mobile developers to add background location tracking and geo-fencing to their apps, has sold to ESRI, a longtime provider of mapping and planning tools for governments, companies and educational institutions.
Targeting consumers with relevant ads on their mobile devices is still an inexact science, but new data sources should make the process much more accurate. Knowing precisely where users shop and whether ads influenced their purchases could help everyone get what they expect from mobile ads.
Location data provider Skyhook has an update to its mobile SDK for Android that will provide persistant background location tracking with no or negligible impact on battery life. That could be a big help for location-based apps that have suffered because of battery constraints.
Romanian startup Skin Scan is selling an iPhone app that lets consumers take pictures of questionable moles and get back information on its threat level. However, the company has much grander goals than helping consumers figure out whether to see a doctor.
Foursquare has launched a new version of its mobile application for the iPhone, Foursquare 4.0. The biggest change in Foursquare 4.0 is the addition of an opt-in feature called Radar, which is made available by the latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, iOS5.
There’s a lot of opportunity to be had in building more “boring” security utilities that leverage location. Few companies are doing more in this space than Location Labs, which CEO Tasso Roumeliotis said is on track to be the first big location-based service IPO.
Apple answered questions about location information and storage on the iPhone in a press release issued early Wednesday morning. The official statement follows last week’s revelation at a location services conference that Apple’s iOS 4 included an unencrypted location tracking log file. Here’s Apple’s full statement.
Samsung Electronics, world’s second largest mobile phone maker as a customer says it will use Skyhook Wireless’s geo-local services and build them into its smartphones starting with Samsung Wave. Skyhook now counts Apple, Dell, Motorola and Samsung as its device customers along with startups like Foursquare.
Location, one of the hottest segments in mobile, is a key component not just in navigation apps but also social offerings such as Foursquare, Google Buzz and even Twitter. There’s plenty of opportunity in mobile location. And there will be for quite some time.
Geodelic, a developer of location-based applications, has launched an iPhone application and signed a major deal with Korea Telecom to provide a special Seoul version of its app. The company is riding the geolocation wave. It eventually wants to open its publishing system to consumers.
Nothing gets buzz flowing like a security scare. A tape recording suggesting that Sprint provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data over 8 million times in one year has been made public. This is a sticky issue, but Sprint Nextel has a rebuttal.
Compete, the web research company, has come up with some interesting findings about location-based services and their use among smartphone users. According…
You know the saying, “If you build it, they will come”? Well that certainly holds true for GPS functionality and mobile phones.…