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Google Acquires Zagat, Aims to Topple Yelp and Others

By | Sep 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

Google announced earlier today it has acquired ratings company Zagat. Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering – delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights, while enabling people everywhere to find extraordinary (and ordinary) experiences around the corner…

Business

Event Check-Ins: Now Foursquare Knows What You’re Doing, Too

By | Aug 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

This week, Foursquare has seen users frantically checking in at Tuesday’s earthquake, and East Coasters are already vying to be a major part of Hurricane Irene. It was behavior like this—where users create a location that’s really an event—that spurred Foursquare to roll out…

Acquisition

NYC

CityPockets Snags Largest Inventory of Daily Deals with Acquistion of DealBurner

By | Aug 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

CityPockets, the very first digital wallet and secondary marketplace for daily deals, which I wrote about in March, has scooped up DealBurner, an SMS-based service that just launched last month – they send out daily deals instantly to users who check in on Foursquare or…

iPhone

Los Angeles

Experience A City Like A True Local With Urbandig

By | Aug 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Ever traveled to a city and wanted to know the “off the beaten path” places to go and things to do? While there are a number of applications that help you find local restaurants and other points of interest, they all seem to fall…

Android

Chicago

Food Genius: The Answer to Cranky Yelp-ers and Their One-Star Reviews

By | Aug 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

Apps based on reviews, and especially today’s smorgasbord of food apps, have a problem: some guy goes to restaurant X, turns his nose up at dinner, and crafts a one-star review dripping with disdain—“It would get zero stars if that were an option.” Reviews…

Entrepreneur

Developers: Integrate Your App with Gowalla for Better Friend Recommendations

By | Aug 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

Downloading a new app often means facing a sparse feed, an empty inbox, and updates shared with practically no one. It’s like going to a bad party, the opposite of what social is supposed to be. But good friend recommendations—especially those based on check-ins,…

Location Based Services

So…You Come Here Often? Chatterfly Takes Loyalty Digital

By | Aug 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

In a world of extreme couponing, instant deals, and group buying, businesses are constantly looking for innovative ways to not only attract new customers, but to keep the ones they have.  Loyal customers are happy consumers. The loyalty model has been around for decades,…

Startups & Apps

NYC

Local Search, Simplified and Streamlined, Thanks to Tapl.io

By | Aug 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

We all have our favorite ways to find places to eat, shop or play.  But whether you are a religious Yelp user, or you strictly look for places your friends have checked-in to already on Foursquare, we all end up doing what Tapl.io co-founder…

Startup

Discover New Favorite Spots in Your City with Scoville

By | Jul 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Living in or close to a big city can be a lot of fun, as it usually offers endless entertainment options. The only problem is that you probably know all the good spots around your specific location, but what if you felt like venturing…

Location Based Services

Austin

Forecast: Check In Now for Fun Later

By | Jul 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

Foursquare announced 10 million users in June with an amusing infographic. It also boasted a 6:1 ratio of “Yay!”s to “Ugh!”s in Foursquare check-ins, making their users “very happy people.” But one thing Foursquare users might be less happy about is that check-ins are…

Mobile

NYC

New Mobile Marketplace from Taap.it Makes Buying and Selling Easy

By | Jul 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Frustrated with the eBay/Craigslist buying and selling process?  NYC-based startup Taap.it has developed a free location-based app to quickly connect buyers and sellers via a new mobile marketplace. Basically, they took the best features of Foursquare, Instagram, eBay, and Craigslist and threw them in…

Android

NYC

Engage Your Customers With LocalResponse

By | May 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

An abundance of conversation is happening out there on the web, and chances are, some of that conversation is about your business.  People are checking in on multiple platforms, such as Foursquare and Gowalla, but who has time to respond to every customer? LocalResponse…

Startup

NYC

Hungry? Get Bitten by BiteHunter’s Real-Time Search for Restaurant Deals

By | Apr 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

A restaurant recommendation from a friend is like gold–but where do you turn when you don’t have that first-person seal of approval? Online, of course! There are P-L-E-N-T-Y of sites and apps tailored to restaurant-goers looking to try something new. You could pick one…

Startup

NYC

Connect On All Your Social Networks With Addieu

By | Apr 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Having trouble remembering the name of that person you just met so you can friend them on Facebook?  Want a streamlined way to keep track of all those networking connections you made at a conference?  Then, Addieu is definitely an app for you. Addieu…

Startup

Austin

What Are You Waiting For? TabbedOut Lets You Pay the Check on Your Schedule

By | Apr 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Waiting for anything while at a restaurant is sure to put a damper on a good time. If you’re in a hurry to get to a movie or meet up with friends, your plans are at the mercy of the server – or that…

Business

How Group Sales Sites Are Transforming Commerce

By | Apr 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

The latest buzz phrase among those who discuss such things is “O2O” or “Offline to Online Commerce.” The most commonly referenced company in this category is undoubtedly Groupon, the group sale site with a pre-IPO valuation between $15 – 25 billion. Time will tell…

Entrepreneur

Austin

Dennis Crowley on Foursquare and Location Based Services

By | Mar 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

We got a chance to talk with Foursquare CEO and Co-founder Dennis Crowley on the streets of Austin, Texas as South by Southwest last week. He shared his perspective on the interaction between mobile devices and humans and where he thinks location based services…