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Facebook pushes users to add location to more photos with News Feed and sidebar prompts

Facebook is encouraging users to tag the location of their photos through sidebar modules and News Feed stories, likely to build better profiles of where users have been. A new module in the site’s right-hand sidebar prompts users to add … Continue reading

Facebook prompts users to Like pages they check into; could it foreshadow a new location-based ad type?

Facebook appears to be testing a new mobile module that prompts users to Like a page moments after they check into a location. The module, which appears on Timeline and in News Feed, suggests the page that users just checked … Continue reading

Pages can now add location to their posts

Facebook recently added the option for page owners to tag their posts and photos with location. There has not been an official announcement about the feature so it is unclear whether it has rolled out to all pages or if … Continue reading

Open Graph apps can now publish multiple photos and use third-party location data

Facebook now lets developers attach multiple photos to Open Graph actions and use their own location data for Open Graph actions and objects, according to a post on the company’s developer blog. Previously developers could only include one photo along … Continue reading

Facebook removes Find Friends Nearby feature, but is another location-based product on the way?

Facebook has removed its little-known location-based feature called Find Friends Nearby. A day after the feature had been revealed by TechCrunch, Facebook removed it from its mobile site and apps. Facebook tells us it never formally released the product and … Continue reading

Facebook looking to introduce real-time location-based ads to monetize mobile market

Facebook is working on real-time location-based mobile ads, according to Bloomberg. [Update 6/18/12 12:10 p.m. PT – Facebook tells TechCrunch it did not confirm that such a product is in the works, though we have heard previously from sources that … Continue reading

Hell Yes: Amen App Reaches One Million ‘Amens’, Upgrades With More Data Discovery

nearby“The best and the worst of everything” app Amen, which lets users make simple votes on straightforward statements — “amen” and “hell no” being the operative words – has now amassed one million Amens (votes) from its users, says the startup. And now that it’s picking up significant amounts of crowdsourced data and traction around the best places to eat, visit and other tips, the developers are making a little more of a play on it. Today, it’s releasing that data in a new version of the app with far more discoverability. Available now on the Appstore, the ”Explorer Release” now lets users browse by topics and offers more location-based features alongside it.

Facebook testing global/regional fan pages that share a single Like count

Facebook appears to be testing a way for pages to customize their presence for different regions while maintaining a unified total Like count across all pages. It seems users who visit a page will be automatically directed to the version … Continue reading

Kayak Teams Up With Skyhook To Bring Reliable Location Services To Its Kindle Fire App

kayakAmazon’s Kindle Fire is one of the most popular Android-powered tablets, but it doesn’t feature a GPS chip. Given how important location-based services have become, that’s a bit of a drawback for many developers and quite a few apps that want to access location features on Amazon’s tablet actually crash. To avoid these issues, Kayak teamed up with Skyhook to provide location services for its updated Android app. Kayak, of course, relies heavily on location services to show its users information like nearby hotels and airport information.

Appcelerator Partners With Geoloqi To Bring Location Services To Its 1.6 Million Developers

Appcelerator Marketplace logoGeoloqi, the Portland, Ore.-based location platform, today announced that it is partnering with the popular mobile app development platform Appcelerator. Thanks to this partnership, Geoloqi is now available to the 1.6 million iOS and Android developers who have signed up for Appcelerator’s Titanium 2.0 platform. With this, Appcelerator developers can now easily create location-based apps on the company’s JavaScript-based Titanium 2.0 app building platform.