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Google Buzz flies high, but won’t kill Twitter or Facebook

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With Google Buzz, Google has launched yet another product to compete in the social networking arena. It’s just one week new, and already Buzz has a significant user base and poses a viable threat to several existing players. Google, like Microsoft, keeps trying. In the social networking space, it has...
Google Buzz flies high, but won’t kill Twitter or Facebook

It’s Time For An Open Database Of Places

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With last week’s declaration by Twitter that it intends to start identifying places based on the coordinates of geo-coded Tweets, the location land rush is in full swing. A long list of companies including Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Gowalla, SimpleGeo, Loopt, and Citysearch are far along in creating separate databases...
It’s Time For An Open Database Of Places

Loopt’s iPad App: Pulse

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We just spoke with Loopt CEO Sam Altman about their iPad app, below. Another screenshot after the break.Altman: I think the iPad is going to be a huge revolution in the way people use computers. People will carry it around all around the the house, put it in a backpack...
Loopt’s iPad App: Pulse

Placecast Launches Match API To Ensure Accuracy In Location-Based Check-Ins

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Following the location-based frenzy that took place at this year’s SXSW festival, my colleague MG Siegler highlighted a definitive issue when it comes to checking in on various social networks like FourSquare, Gowalla, Loopt and others. The problem is that each of these check-in services has their own places...
Placecast Launches Match API To Ensure Accuracy In Location-Based Check-Ins

Buzz + Latitude = A Minefield for Google

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Google is looking to integrate its Latitude and Buzz offerings, according to a story today in eWeek.com. Which means Buzz’s privacy problems may be about to get even bigger. Google continues to draw flak from privacy advocates over Buzz, which launched last month. The company has scrambled to alter certain...
Buzz + Latitude = A Minefield for Google

AT&T Launches AT&T Alerts, A Location-Based Deal Alert Service, As The Field Grows More Crowded

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AT&T today announced AT&T Alerts, a service to help make shoppers aware of nearby deals via opt-in discounts delivered directly to their phones by SMS based on geo-location data. At launch, participating retailers include the Gap, Staples, Duracell, Motorola and more. AT&T is clearly trying to capitalize on the same...
AT&T Launches AT&T Alerts, A Location-Based Deal Alert Service, As The Field Grows More Crowded

Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

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Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham just Tweeted an interesting data point about the valuations of YC startups. As of now, Graham says that 37 Y Combinator companies, out of 511 startups, have valuations of or sold for at least $40 million. My first thought when reading Graham’s Tweet was which...
Paul Graham: 37 Y Combinator Companies Have Valuations Of Or Sold For At Least $40M

First look: Loopt provides more incentives to try location-based services with Loopt Star

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First look: Loopt provides more incentives to try location-based services with Loopt Star

SCVNGR Puts the Game Back in Location-Based Gaming

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Today, SCVNGR (scavenger), a location-centric social game that initially gained traction in the enterprise and at universities, is coming to the public by way of mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Backed by Google Ventures and Highland Capital, SCVNGR is already being used by the U.S. Navy, MIT, Princeton,...
SCVNGR Puts the Game Back in Location-Based Gaming

Congress to Hold Hearing on Location Data and Privacy: Today's Top Stories on Geolocation

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Geolocation is quickly emerging as a big new platform to build all kinds of cool services on top of. While there's a whole lot of potential - there's also growing concern about the privacy implications of this flush of data about where we are. Thus it's timely that a committee...
Congress to Hold Hearing on Location Data and Privacy: Today's Top Stories on Geolocation

Google Latitude Announces API Plans at SXSW. Oh, And Buzz will “Absolutely Not” Kill Latitude.

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Yesterday at SXSWi we had a chance to listen in to a panel entitled “The Life Graph” with panels from Google, Twitter and Loopt among others. During the panel, Steve Lee, Group Product Manager at Google, announced that Google is preparing to release a simple API for Latitude “within a...
Google Latitude Announces API Plans at SXSW. Oh, And Buzz will “Absolutely Not” Kill Latitude.

Ourspot Launches A Marketplace For Hiring Amateur Photographers

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With DSLR sales up and Instagram setting a new bar for tastefully shot photos, there are countless hobbyist and amateur photographers out there. A new startup called Ourspot is tapping into that community by creating a marketplace where anybody can hire amateur photographers to shoot events for free to...
Ourspot Launches A Marketplace For Hiring Amateur Photographers

Plancast CEO Talks About an API, Events, Location & Revenue Models in Part 2 of Interview

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This is the second half of our interview with Plancast CEO Mark Hendrickson that took place earlier this week in Austin at SXSWi. The first half of our discussion is available here.TNW Location: At a panel that TNW Location attended here at SXSWi, we heard from Loopt CEO Sam Altman...
Plancast CEO Talks About an API, Events, Location & Revenue Models in Part 2 of Interview

Miso: A Foursquare-Like App for Homebodies

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If your Foursquare check-ins could be limited to backyard outings and trips to the mailbox, you may be interested in a new mobile application called Miso. With this service, a startup from Bazaar Labs, also the makers of a social network called Flixup! for movie chatter, you can perform Foursquare-like...
Miso: A Foursquare-Like App for Homebodies

10 Y Combinator startups that didn't make it, but should've

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Y Combinator has invested in hundreds and hundreds of companies, and many of them have become quite successful. Reddit, Dropbox, Airbnb, Wufoo, Hipmunk, Loopt, Posterous, Heroku, and Scribd are just a few of the companies that are doing well today. But there are, naturally, many startups who don’t make it....
10 Y Combinator startups that didn't make it, but should've

Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location. (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)

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Tomorrow it will be exactly one month since the launch of Google Buzz. The song remains the same: it’s a mess. Normally, that wouldn’t bother me so much — after all, a lot of services are a mess — but Buzz has a lot of potential. But again, it’s been...
Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location. (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)

Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

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With a new class of passive location apps on the rise, failed geo-mobile apps of the past need to cut their losses, so Loopt today sold to banking and payment solutions company Green Dot for $43.4 million. Green Dot hopes checkin functionality can help it attain and hold on to customers by...
Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

A cautionary tale about “people discovery” apps

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This was the weekend everyone signed up and joined Highlight or Glancee. TechCrunch has written about it and Robert Scoble has been going on about how viral these location-based services are. No doubt about it, these new apps which run in the background on your phone and let you know...
A cautionary tale about “people discovery” apps

Location-Based Marketing, Resources and Tools

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With the evolution and wide-spread use of smartphone devices, it was only a matter of time until location-based applications and services would start to be developed. By definition location-based media delivers content to a users mobile device depending on where they are located. It is a new way to deliver...
Location-Based Marketing, Resources and Tools

Y Combinator Raises Over $8M to Expand Incubator Membership

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Silicon Valley-based startup incubator Y Combinator (YC) announced today that is has raised $8.25 million with which it plans to provide funding to a larger group of startups this summer. Leading the funding was Sequoia Capital along with several angel investors, including Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Aydin Senkut, XG Ventures,...
Y Combinator Raises Over $8M to Expand Incubator Membership

Everything will be a Feature of Location, Not the Other Way Around

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SXSW 2010 is over, so at this point let’s drop the moniker “Location Wars” and adopt what we should have been saying all along – location is the next web.Our esteemed colleague Martin Byrant thought the SXSW-location-hubbub was overblown, and he is correct in pointing out that numbers-wise, users of location-specific apps...
Everything will be a Feature of Location, Not the Other Way Around

Loopt sales shows future of location is commerce

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I’ve been following Sam Altman and his location-based start-up Loopt for years. So it was a bit of a surprise to hear that the company was sold today for $43.4 million to pre-paid card provider Green Dot Corp . But in a phone chat with Altman, it’s become more clear why...
Loopt sales shows future of location is commerce

Location-Sharing App Glympse Adds Groups, Calendar Integration To Eliminate All Those "I'm Running Late" Messages

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Glympse, the location-sharing app which first debuted back in 2009, is still hanging in there. The app arrived at a time when its competitors were the original, location-based social networks such as Loopt and Brightkite, now long gone. But Glympse survived – and today, it’s getting a revamp. The company, which has...
Location-Sharing App Glympse Adds Groups, Calendar Integration To Eliminate All Those "I'm Running Late" Messages

9 Killer Tips for Location-Based Marketing

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Social networking has finally become something valuable for brick-and-mortar businesses. Smartphones and location-based social networks allow users to interact, share, meet up, and recommend places based on their physical coordinates. This real-world connection to social media can mean more foot traffic and profits for business owners.So-called “lo-so” networks like...
9 Killer Tips for Location-Based Marketing

Loopt's Sam Altman on Why He Sold to Green Dot for $43.4M

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Mobile location start-up Loopt will be acquired by the banking company Green Dot, best known for its prepaid cards. The deal is worth $43.4 million in cash, though that includes $9.8 million set aside in retention payments for key Loopt employees. Loopt’s products are to be shut down at an...
Loopt's Sam Altman on Why He Sold to Green Dot for $43.4M

Surprise! Green Dot acquires Loopt for mobile financial services

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Green Dot says it will pay a total of $43.4 million for Loopt, including $9.8 million, which will be set aside "as a retention pool" for key Loopt workers. [Read more]...
Surprise! Green Dot acquires Loopt for mobile financial services
Loopt was a lemon, dropping to just 500 daily active users prior to sale

In The SXSW Location War, Loopt Hopes The Correct Weapon Is Events

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With SXSW starting Friday in Austin, Texas, every location-based service out there is right now finalizing updates that they hope will be the one that gets them used more than all the others. Loopt, is betting on events integration. The latest version of the app, due to hit the App...
In The SXSW Location War, Loopt Hopes The Correct Weapon Is Events

“Geofencing” enables new location-based apps, raises privacy concerns

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A coffee shop pinging your cell phone with a deal for latte when you’re 300 feet away? A mother alerted when her child leaves the school grounds? All this is done with “geofencing“, the latest thing in location-based services, according to some proponents and users. Geofencing means setting up a...
“Geofencing” enables new location-based apps, raises privacy concerns

This Is What 'A Founder-Friendly Term Sheet' Looks Like, Says 28-Year-Old Startup Investor Who Already Sold His Own Company

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Sam Altman, a 28-year-old entrepreneur-turned-investor, has a proprietary term sheet that he believes is friendlier to founders than the typical term sheet. Altman founded location-based social networking site Loopt during his sophomore year at Stanford University. He sold it to mobile payments company Green Dot Corp. last year for $43.4...
This Is What 'A Founder-Friendly Term Sheet' Looks Like, Says 28-Year-Old Startup Investor Who Already Sold His Own Company
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