No! Foursquare Isn't Buying Brizzly

Earlier this morning Louis Gray speculated that red-hot start-up Foursquare might be looking to buy Thing Labs, the company behind Brizzly. Jason Shellen, CEO of Thing Labs and Mike Hirshland, partner at Polaris Venture Partners, they both categorically dismissed the story as not true.…

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Foursquare Is Rebuilding. A New Foursquare On The Way?

With a big slug of cash infused by VCs, New York-based startup FourSquare is ready to build a brand new experience for its location-based social service, says CEO Dennis Crowley. It is an attempt to keep ahead of the copy cats and attract mainstream subscribers.…

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Finally! Foursquare Raises $20 Million in Funding

Foursquare, which has been nearly as exhibitionist about sharing the details of its corporate dealings as some of its users are about sharing their locations, has finally closed its second funding round of $20 million led by Andreessen Horowitz and including previous investors.…

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A Place For Every Tweet and Every Tweet in Its Place

When Twitter announced in May that it planned to launch a new feature called Points of Interest based on a user's location, some expected it to be a "Foursquare-killer." Instead, both Foursquare and Gowalla are partners in the feature now known simply as Twitter Places.…

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Is Geolocation a Real Business or Just a Feature?

There's no question location-based services such as Foursquare and Gowalla are hot properties, with Foursquare reportedly the subject of multiple acquisition offers, including one from Yahoo estimated at $100 million. But are these services really standalone businesses, or are they features that belong inside other businesses?…

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Will Foursquare Badges Really Help Newspapers?

The Wall Street Journal has launched a partnership with Foursquare that will show readers links to stories and reviews about local landmarks in New York, and allow them to win special badges. But will this actually help the Journal, or is it just a PR stunt?…

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Do Location Apps Need to Show Users the Money?

Location-based services such as Foursquare have become so popular that rumors have been swirling the company might be acquired for $100 million. But angel investor and startup advisor Dave McClure says such services will have to show users the money in order to achieve mass appeal.…

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Teenager Heads to North Pole to Check In With Foursquare

While most 15-year-olds are happy playing video games, Parker Liautaud is on an expedition to reach the North Pole, where he will check in with Foursquare and earn a specially-created Last Degree badge on the network. The expedition is aimed at raising awareness about the Arctic.…

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The Twitter Highlights of Foursquare CEO's Where 2.0 Talk

If you couldn't make it to Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley's presentation at the Where 2.0 conference, here's a selection of the most interesting tweets posted by attendees who were watching the presentation. It's just a sample though - Crowley went through 70 slides in 15 minutes.…

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Will Facebook be the One Ring for Location?

In a blog post on its updated privacy policies, Facebook dropped some hints about what the social network has in mind in terms of future location features. But will they co-exist with Foursquare and Gowalla, or will Facebook become the one ring that rules them all?…

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Hot Deals, Big Money: What's Up With Silicon Valley?

Foursquare is being actively wooed by four major venture capital investors, which are valuing it at between $50 million and $70 million. And it isn’t the only startup seeking a “big round” at a “big valuation” -- indeed, big-ticket investments are making a comeback.…

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When Social Replaces Search, What Can You Do to Monetize?

Social web behavior is increasingly filling the need for a traditional search engine, but you can't monetize the social web by transferring over search advertising. What does that mean for Google, and what are some of the most promising ways startups are filling the gap?…

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Foursquare, Gowalla Get the SxSW Bump

Geo-local services were the center of attention at South by South West. Thanks to all the hoopla, Foursquare and Gowalla, the two major competing geo-location services managed to snag tens of thousands of new subscribers. Both companies had released updates to their apps before the event.…

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Geo-madness Now Playing on Your Dashboard

Geo-madness has a new victim. BMW has launched a new feature that allows folks to share their location, travel routes and destinations with others right from the car. It will be offered as a part of BMW Assist, an add-on online information services.…

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The 3 Best Things I Saw at SXSW

“Location wars” between rival services, unmet expectations of the Twitter keynote and the hordes of newbies crowding out regulars were some of the leading threads at SXSW. But I saw three things I think showed us the way social technology will work in the near future.…

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Geowars…Really?

Over the past few days I’ve watched this meme about the so-called “geowars” ahead of SXSW gather steam, both in the blogosphere…

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Foursquare Turns 1 With Half a Million Users

Foursquare, the New York-based location services startup, has more than 500,000 users and 1.4 million venues, it announced today, one year after it launched at SXSW. The company says it had its biggest day ever last Friday, with 275,000 check-ins.…

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I Can't Navigate My Location Friend Requests

My inbox is littered with friend requests on Gowalla, a check-in service that I can use to show my location. But when I get these emails from strangers I have never met, talked to, tweeted with or emailed, I don't really know what to do.…

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