Microsoft invests $15 million in Foursquare, looks to boost location services

Foursquare is getting a $15 million investment from Microsoft to kick off a strategic partnership between the two companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. The agreement will give Microsoft access to Foursquare’s massive trove of locations and check-in information which could be a massive boon for Bing Maps, especially as Google continues to try… Read More


Instapiration: Skedadel uses Instagram photos to help recommend things to do, places to see

Discovery apps like Yelp, Urbanspoon and Foursquare have proven useful to millions of people, but Peter Boctor sees a problem with them. While text reviews on those platforms include positive experiences, they also force users to comb through negative opinions. For people just looking for a great restaurant or nice bar to hang out at, visuals… Read More


Foursquare adds recommendations with new iOS update

Forget about asking your server for a recommendation. The next time you walk into a restaurant, your iPhone may tell you which dishes other diners prefer, thanks to a new Foursquare update. Almost a month after the geolocation company rolled the capability out to Android, select iOS users will be getting push recommendations for places… Read More


Report: Microsoft considers Foursquare investment

Microsoft and Foursquare are in the “advanced stages” of talks that would have the Redmond company make a strategic investment in the location-based check-in service, according to a report from Bloomberg News today. The news service notes that Foursquare is also talking with other potential investors, and a deal with Microsoft isn’t assured. The report… Read More


Video: Foursquare’s first tablet app is for Windows 8

SAN FRANCISCO — Location check-in service Foursquare is expanding beyond smartphone apps to tablets, and it’s starting with a native app for Windows 8. Microsoft showed a quick glimpse of the new Foursquare app during the Build developer conference here this morning. No word yet on timing of the app, but I’m checking for details. See… Read More


Poll: Are you still checking in? Or have you checked out?

The privacy changes introduced yesterday by Facebook include the news that the social network will no longer offer Facebook Places as a standalone mobile feature. Instead the company will be integrating location more deeply into Facebook, with the ability to share your place in the world from any type of post on any type of… Read More


Foursquare nerds, unite: Your day has almost arrived

As an avid Foursquare user in Seattle, Brian Groth knows he isn’t experiencing all the benefits that someone might see in, say, New York or L.A.. But at this stage, it’s more about the proof of concept, and the long-term potential of check-in services. “I’ve gotten a free popsicle at PCC in Fremont,” he says,… Read More