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  • Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Behind The Scenes, Location Turf Wars Have Begun

    Over the past several months I’ve moderated or been on a number of panels with many of the top players in the location space. A common theme keeps recurring. When someone brings up rivalries between any of the companies, it is always downplayed in favor of an “everyone wins” message. I’ve been skeptical of that since day one, but as the space has exploded, there have… Read More

  • Loopt Star Keeps It Simple: Check-Ins, Specials, And Facebook

    Loopt Star Keeps It Simple: Check-Ins, Specials, And Facebook

    Back in January, we noted that Loopt was sending around a deck to advertisers showing off a new product. The product was focused on check-in specials (the kind popularized by Foursquare) and was entirely built on top of Facebook’s social graph. Finally, nearly 6 months later, that app is here. Loopt Star is in some ways a simplified version of Loopt’s regular location-based service. Read More

  • The Unified Database Of Places Is Coming Soon. Or Maybe Never.

    The Unified Database Of Places Is Coming Soon. Or Maybe Never.

    Last month, Erick wrote a post calling for the creation of an open database of places. As location-based services continue to gain popularity, each of them is building up these massive databases of places themselves, and this is going to become an issue as services like Twitter and potentially Facebook attempt to federate all this data. And Erick is hardly alone in thinking about this… Read More

  • Report: Facebook Location Coming In A Few Weeks. But Is It Foursquare Or Twitter?

    Report: Facebook Location Coming In A Few Weeks. But Is It Foursquare Or Twitter?

    Yesterday, AdAge ran a story that Facebook was preparing to roll out its first true location-based service (beyond its for-fun Presence thing). The story said that the social network was partnering with McDonald’s for a special Facebook app that would allow people to check-in to restaurants and get deals. But apps that use location to emulate Foursquare on Facebook have limited appeal. Read More

  • Loopt Updates Mobile Apps, Brings LooptPulse To BlackBerry

    Loopt Updates Mobile Apps, Brings LooptPulse To BlackBerry

    Location-based social network Loopt has just updated its iPhone and BlackBerry applications, adding a hybrid map feature that allows you to view a single map (seen at right) that plots nearby points of interest, friends, and events all at once. The new update also brings LooptPulse, which the company has already launched for the iPhone and iPad, to the BlackBerry. LooptPulse, which was… Read More

  • Loopt Pulse Bets That Location On The iPad Is About Planning

    Loopt Pulse Bets That Location On The iPad Is About Planning

    Location is all the rage right now. The iPad is all the rage right now. So it makes sense that when you combine the two, you’re going to get something awesome. But there’s just one little problem. The iPad, with its 9.7 inch screen is way too big to fit in your pocket. To take it with you, you’ll have to carry it in a bag of some sort. And you’re probably not going to… Read More

  • Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.

    Check-In Fatigue. Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.

    I didn’t have the same problems at SXSW this year that some people did. Was it too crowded at some events? Sure. But there were plenty of alternative things to do. Did some of the keynotes bomb? Yes. But there were plenty of other things to listen to. Did AT&T fail? No. Actually, they did an awesome job keeping the network up. Instead, I had a problem of a different kind… Read More

  • Location Isn't A War Between Two Sides, It's A Gold Rush For Everyone

    Location Isn't A War Between Two Sides, It's A Gold Rush For Everyone

    Editor’s note: This post was written by Joe Stump, the co-founder of SimpleGeo, a geolocation infrastructure company. While much of the focus in location these days is on the front-end side of things, SimpleGeo focuses on the backend, allowing startups to very easily get started with geolocation. We asked Stump to weigh-in with his thoughts on the front-end side of things, and the… Read More

  • SXSWi 2010: Q&A with Loopt Co-Founder/CEO Sam Altman – Pt 1

    SXSWi 2010: Q&A with Loopt Co-Founder/CEO Sam Altman – Pt 1

    The last of the four location based social networks I had a chance speak with at SXSW Interactive 2010 was actually one of the early services into the space. You may remember seeing Loopt on one of the many iPhone television commercials to dominate the airwaves in the last year or so. Loopt’s original broadcast model was a bit different than the more pervasive check in model we… Read More

  • Apple Gets Location Fever Too In The App Store

    Apple Gets Location Fever Too In The App Store

    SXSW Interactive is now over. While a clear winner in the “Location War” has yet to be determined, the truth is that many of the location-based services won, as all of them got a huge amount of exposure over the past week. And look for that trend to continue in a big way, as Apple is now highlighting several of them in the App Store. As you can see in the images in this post, Apple… Read More

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

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

    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 Store tomorrow will feature a new Pulse tab. Here you’ll find events populated from a ton of sources… Read More

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

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

    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 a month. I’m starting to wonder if it will ever reach that potential. I’m also starting to wonder if… Read More

  • Facebook Checks-In On Loopt

    Facebook Checks-In On Loopt

    Facebook has been doing background checks, known as due diligence, on the location-based social network Loopt, a source with knowledge of the talks tells us. Generally speaking, due diligence of this kind is only performed when a company is in acquisition or fundraising talks. Loopt won’t comment on this story, and a Facebook spokesperson says “As a practical matter, we… Read More

  • Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report

    Mobile Location-Based Services Could Rake In $12.7 Billion By 2014: Report

    The rapid evolution of mobile phones, both on a hardware and a software level, combined with a surge in application storefront releases, deployments of higher-capacity network infrastructure and recent developments in positioning technologies could drive revenues from mobile location-based services to more than $12.7 billion by 2014, according to a new report published by Juniper… Read More

  • Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table

    Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table

    As Foursquare makes deals with major media companies, competitor Loopt is continuing to partner with with content companies to offer fresh news and reviews of restaurants, bars, businesses and events. Loopt’s mobile apps incorporates local content, deals and reviews about restaurants, bars and events from Zagat, Citysearch, Bing, and most recently Mobile Spinach. Today, Loopt is announcing… Read More

  • Loopt Partners With Mobile Spinach To Offer Location-Based Deals

    Loopt Partners With Mobile Spinach To Offer Location-Based Deals

    Loopt continues to ramp up its focus on location-based deals. The pioneer of the mobile social network is launching a new app called LooptCard, which lets mobile consumers tap into offers, coupons and discounts by checking-in to spots. Today, Loopt is partnering with deals site Mobile Spinach to offer users deals and coupons for local merchants via the Loopt App. The deals are part… Read More

  • Gowalla Aims To Raise $20,000 For Haiti Through Check-Ins

    Gowalla Aims To Raise $20,000 For Haiti Through Check-Ins

    Earlier today, we noted that Loopt has launched a check-in for charity campaign to raise money for Haiti. Rival Gowalla is doing something similar as well. Called “Hearts for Haiti,” Gowalla’s campaign will take place on Monday, February 8 in the San Francisco Bay Area. When someone uses the service to check-in at one of three selected locations during a specific time… Read More

  • Check-In For Charity: Loopt Giving To Haiti If You Visit Chipotle, Panera, Or Whole Foods

    Check-In For Charity: Loopt Giving To Haiti If You Visit Chipotle, Panera, Or Whole Foods

    We recently wrote about location-based mobile social network Loopt’s push to launch deals for check-ins, and today, the startup is putting use check-ins to philanthropic use. For every check-in at Chipotle, Panera Bread, or Whole Foods around the country, Loopt will donate $1 towards the Haiti earthquake relief. Half of the proceeds from the check-ins will be given to the American Red… Read More

  • Loopt To Start Pushing Check-In Specials Hard Using A New App And Facebook

    Loopt To Start Pushing Check-In Specials Hard Using A New App And Facebook

    When Loopt released its iPhone app alongside the App Store launch in 2008, it seemed to have everything going for it. Founder Sam Altman was given time on stage at WWDC to show off the app. It was featured prominently in the App Store for a while. And it was really one of the first hot location-based services. But then it cooled off, partially because the app needed to be open to update… Read More

  • Yelp Enables Check-Ins On Its iPhone App; Foursquare, Gowalla Ousted As Mayors

    Yelp Enables Check-Ins On Its iPhone App; Foursquare, Gowalla Ousted As Mayors

    When you think of the idea of “checking-in” at a venue in a mobile app, you likely think of Foursquare or Gowalla right now. The two gained significant momentum, funding, and users in the location space in 2009. But even with the growth, both services are still relatively small, neither much bigger than 200,000 users. That’s why much larger social networks like Facebook… Read More