28 February 2010

Google integrates Nearby location in search results

(CNET news.com)
Google searchers can now refine their search results based on location. The new "Nearby" feature is available in Google's Search Options panel. It defaults to users' current location, which can be further refined to include their city, region, or state.

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The dark side of geo: PleaseRobMe.com

(CNET News.com)
A new site called Please Rob Me has popped up to expose the potential pratfalls of the geolocation craze: If you're pushing a "check-in" from Gowalla, Brightkite, or Foursquare to a local restaurant out to your public Twitter stream, you're broadcasting that you aren't home. Which could be taken to mean that your home is ripe for burglary. Please Rob Me consists exclusively of an aggregation of public Twitter messages that have been pushed through fast-growing location-based networking site Foursquare, one of a handful of services that encourages people to share their whereabouts with their friends. You can filter by geographic location, too.

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27 February 2010

EU - Google Street View May Breach EU Law, Officials Say

by Stephanie Bodoni. Google Inc.'s Street View may break European Union privacy laws, according to data-protection regulators who say the mapping service stores images for too long. The EU's privacy watchdog said in a letter to Google that "it is disproportionate to retain unblurred copies of the images for one year," and urged the company to cut the period to six months. Street View, which offers photos of roads and intersections, was introduced in early 2007 in the U.S. and is being rolled out across Europe.

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26 December 2009

Location-Based Services in the Spotlight

I think 2010 will be a big year for location-based services. Twitter's acquisition of Mixer Labs , a service that helps developers build location-aware applications, shows that the company hopes to make location broadcasting an important part of its service. And the microblogging service isn't alone, either: Google is getting into location-based services with its work on Google Maps and features like My Location, and Facebook recently adjusted its privacy policy to make way for opt-in location-based features. Here's a look at five location-based services that you'll want to keep your eye on as we approach the new year: Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Latitude and My Location, Nighlife, Twitter. See also Foursquare vs. Gowalla: Location-Based Throwdown (Mashable) by Shane Snow.

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