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MapQuest Integrates Skyhook: Can It Outperform Google Maps?

MapQuest Integrates Skyhook: Can It Outperform Google Maps?

Skyhook Wireless, the company that provides location services for a number of mobile apps, announced this morning that it would be integrating with MapQuest to provide a more accurate location for mobile app users. If you’ve ever tried to use something like Google Maps while navigating busy city streets, then you realize how important it is for…

Meet Craiggers: It Blows Craigslist Out of The Water

Meet Craiggers: It Blows Craigslist Out of The Water

If you’ve ever used craigslist before then you know, it’s just not very good. That’s not to say you can’t find what you need on there. The site is full of amazing deals and goods and services of all kinds, but navigating it involves opening new browser tab after browser tab, going back and forth and generally losing your way.

For those of you…

Why A TweetDeck Acquisition Could Stink For The Users

Why A TweetDeck Acquisition Could Stink For The Users

Last month, rumors hit the Web that TweetDeck, the multi-columned, much-preferred desktop client of hardcore users, had been acquired by Twitter. Today, TechCrunch is reporting that the deal has gone through, with Twitter snapping up the company for $40 to $50 million.

While we don’t want to be melodramatic, we’re afraid that this deal could be…

Google Begins Testing Multiple Profiles on Chrome Canary Build

Google Begins Testing Multiple Profiles on Chrome Canary Build

We’ve known for months now that multiple user profiles were on their way to Google’s Chrome browser, but now they’ve come even closer to reality as they hit the Canary build of Chrome.

Google watchdog blog Google Operating System reports today that the feature has made its way to the bleeding edge for early adopters and is even highlighted in…

How To Save Your iPhone’s Location Data Before Apple Destroys It

How To Save Your iPhone’s Location Data Before Apple Destroys It

Apple is said to be quick at work to release a new version of iOS, its mobile operating system, to fix the “bugs” that began in iOS 4.0, which track your device’s location and store it in a file on your device and on your synced computer.

If you’re anything like me, however, the idea of a file with all of your location sounds really…

Nock Nock: Where The Foursquare Geeks At?

Nock Nock: Where The Foursquare Geeks At?

Unless you’re a member of the service industry, Friday can mean just one thing – close your computer, all pens and pencils should be down and it’s time to hit the town. But where should you go? Sure, there are review apps like Yelp to figure out the best Thai food place within a half mile, but what if you’re looking for people?

Nock Nock helps…

PayPal Buys Fig Card: A Stepping Stool to Mobile Payments for Merchants?

PayPal Buys Fig Card: A Stepping Stool to Mobile Payments for Merchants?

It looks like PayPal has mobile on the mind. Last week, parent company eBay bought the location-based media company Where and today, PayPal announced that it has acquired Fig Card.

PayPal has been working on a number of ways to enable mobile payments, from bumping iPhone together to using NFC chips, but this acquisition could focus on giving…

How Netflix Stole my Eyepatch & I Stopped Stealing Movies

How Netflix Stole my Eyepatch & I Stopped Stealing Movies

I think it was about a decade ago now when I downloaded my first camcorder movie off the Internet and a love affair was born. Why bother going out and renting something from Blockbuster or forfeiting your first born for a movie ticket and a bucket of popcorn when you could nearly replicate the entire experience, for free, on your couch with Orville…

Study: 77% Don’t Want to Share Location on Smartphones

Study: 77% Don’t Want to Share Location on Smartphones

For the last two weeks, it seems like anything anyone can talk about is the fact that our GPS-enabled smartphones are tracking our location. First, it was the iPhone, then the Android and finally Windows Phone 7. Why has this struck such a chord?

According to a study by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider, privacy is the leading…

Charge It: Square Gets a Visa Investment

Charge It: Square Gets a Visa Investment

Visa may have just launched In2Pay, a mobile payments solution of its own, last December but why should that stop it from funding rival mobile payment systems? The answer is that it shouldn’t and it hasn’t.

This morning, Square, the mobile payment solution founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, announced that it had received “an…

Add Location-Based Q&A With the Localmind API

Add Location-Based Q&A With the Localmind API

Localmind, the iPhone app that lets users engage in Q&A based on their location and Foursquare check-ins, announced the availability of an API last week. Right now, the app lets users ask questions of each other that could only be answered by someone on the scene and the API will bring that functionality to other apps.

According to Localmind…

Got Windows Phone 7? Microsoft’s Tracking You Too

Got Windows Phone 7? Microsoft’s Tracking You Too

It might be time to state the obvious: If you have a smartphone in your pocket, someone knows where you are, right now. First, we found out that Apple, maker of the uber-popular iPhone and iPad, has been storing and tracking location data on its devices for more than a year now. Next, we learned that Google, the company that likely knows what…

Instapaper Founder: Apps Don’t Need To Be Free

Instapaper Founder: Apps Don’t Need To Be Free

Have you noticed that the free version of Instapaper, the app that captures online articles and stores them for offline reading on your mobile device, disappeared from the app store about a month ago? Neither had we, but today, Instapaper founder Marco Arment tweeted that he pulled the app “as an experiment” and, rather than what you…

Yolink Brings Full-Featured Search to WordPress

Yolink Brings Full-Featured Search to WordPress

There are very few, if any, content management systems and blogging platforms with a praised, out-of-the-box search solution and WordPress is no exception. Just look on Google – there are about 10 million results for “WordPress search sucks” and nearly as many for “WordPress search plugin.”

Today, there’s one more addition to…

AwayFind Adds On-The-Go Email Alerts That Could Make Life So Much Better

AwayFind Adds On-The-Go Email Alerts That Could Make Life So Much Better

If you find yourself tethered to your inbox, you’re about two years late to the party that is AwayFind. The service, since its launch back in 2008, has given users a way to set up specific filters so they can receive notifications and make sure only the truly important messages disrupt their day. Last year, the company added notifications by…

Netflix Letter to Shareholders Shows It Couldn’t Care Less About DVDs

Netflix Letter to Shareholders Shows It Couldn’t Care Less About DVDs

Streaming video and DVD subscription service Netflix announced its first quarter earnings for 2011 today. In its letter to shareholders (.pdf), the company showed off its continued growth, with 3.6 million new subscribers worldwide and $719 million in revenue, but the real story might be the company’s continued march away from its…