places

  • Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in early alpha and is inviting people to sign up for a forthcoming beta at Joinplaces.com. Read More

  • Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned. The technology, which involves layering social data on top of a maps interface¬†could be used to beef up Apple Maps with features competitor Google lacks. The deal, we understand, was mainly about acquiring the technology and… Read More

  • No More Private Foursquare Check-ins? No Problem. Pins For iPhone Lets You Save & Share Your Favorite Places

    No More Private Foursquare Check-ins? No Problem. Pins For iPhone Lets You Save & Share Your Favorite Places

    Foursquare did away with private check-ins this week, finally ending support for what had been, for a long time, one of the service’s most-neglected features: the ability to privately track places you’ve visited for personal use. Today, a new iOS app simply called Pins is offering an alternative with the debut of a service that lets you collect, organize and optionally share lists… Read More

  • Facebook Adds Weather Forecasts To Events And Public Places To Show Useful Info Where People Need It

    Facebook Adds Weather Forecasts To Events And Public Places To Show Useful Info Where People Need It

    Facebook has come up with another way to prevent you from leaving its site. While you’re setting up an event, especially one that’s going to take place outside, it makes total sense that your potential guests would want to know what the weather conditions are for that day. Today, Facebook rolled out a project that was a part of a hackathon, which drops weather information onto… Read More

  • Foursquare Offers Up A Shortcut To The “Explore” Tab For Android Users

    Foursquare Offers Up A Shortcut To The “Explore” Tab For Android Users

    While this isn’t a major feature update by any means, foursquare is definitely pushing its Explore functionality forward by making it more prominent in its mobile apps, site and now by letting you add a shortcut directly to the tab on your Android device. In a quick post today, the company talked about the thoughts behind the move. Read More

  • New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    New Factual Resolve API Will Help Clean Up, Complete Location Databases

    Open data platform Factual.com is launching a new API for developers of location-based services called Resolve. The API is an entity resolution API that makes partial records complete, matches entities against one other and assists in the process of de-duping and normalizing datasets. What this means is that developers can simply tell Factual what they know about an entity (i.e., a venue in… Read More

  • Has Google Purged Places Of Yelp? All Signs Point To Yes.

    Has Google Purged Places Of Yelp? All Signs Point To Yes.

    Well, this is curious. From our checks, it seems like Google has completely omitted Yelp reviews from Google Places. As you may recall, Yelp has been frustrated by Google’s recent decision to pump up its Places service with Yelp’s content— without Yelp’s consent. During a recent interview with TechCrunch TV, Yelp’s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said he was surprised… Read More

  • Did Mark Zuckerberg leave a Facebook Places trail in London?

    Did Mark Zuckerberg leave a Facebook Places trail in London?

    At the moment Facebook Places is only available in the United States. Or to put that another way, it’s only available to IP addresses associated with the United States. But clearly Facebook has been working on it for several months, and that also means that they have probably been tentatively testing it in other parts of the world, although there’s not a lot of information to go… Read More

  • Dennis Crowley Talks FourSquare Game Mechanics

    Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are "Generic," We Are Fun. I Wonder Who He's Referring To…

    Foursquare may have a tenuous partnership with Facebook Places— but don’t let the Kumbaya presentation fool you, these frenemies are gunning for the ultimate mayorship and Dennis Crowley is feeling very confident. On Friday’s taping of Gillmor Gang with former TechCrunchIT Editor Steve Gillmor, Kevin Marks and John Taschek, Crowley discussed the opportunity for places… Read More

  • 20% Of Foursquare Users Are Pushing Their Check-Ins To Facebook (TCTV)

    20% Of Foursquare Users Are Pushing Their Check-Ins To Facebook (TCTV)

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Although it seems as if Foursquare and Facebook are new bosom buddies now that Foursquare has officially joined the Places parade, along with Yelp, Gowalla and Booyah— the popular geo-location service is clearly treading carefully. During Wednesday’s presentations, many of the partners presented the outlines of comprehensive… Read More

  • The Paranoid Can Relax, Facebook Dials Up Privacy With Places

    The Paranoid Can Relax, Facebook Dials Up Privacy With Places

    Less than one hour after Facebook struck the ceremonial gong, signaling the official birth of Places, the ACLU of Northern California was ready to cry foul play. In a 429-word post titled, “Facebook Places: Check This Out, Before You Check In,” the ACLU branch rips the new feature for a perceived lack of user control, complaining (in dramatically bold font) that “in the world… Read More