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Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Once upon a time, "checking in" was the hip thing to do back when social networks were really young. Foursquare was practically the only service that let you tell the world, or hopefully just your friends, where you're at and how great the pasta is there. Eventually, the likes of Facebook and Twitter gained similar functionality, forcing to Foursquare to redefine its purpose. It spun off Swarm to focus on that use case. Now at version 4.0, the service has tacked on some features that turns Swarm into a sort of lifelogging partner as well.

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Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare’s app is the latest option mobile users have for ordering food and having it delivered straight to their home or office. The new functionality comes via an integration with Delivery.com, a service that makes it easy for individuals to find local restaurants and merchants offering product delivery. Thanks to this integration, Foursquare users will be able to order meals, groceries, and more directly through Foursquare’s app, then have it delivered or go pick it up, whichever is preferred.

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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Turns Apple has recently added a new partner for supplying data to Apple Maps: Foursquare. Similar to the service Yelp, Foursquare is used to discover restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions in cities around the globe, as well present user reviews on such places. As the site Apple Maps Marketing has discovered, Apple Maps is using Foursquare data to bolster its business listings, which likely not only includes locations, but information on hours of operation and contact info.

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Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now is Google's version of the smart personal virtual assistant, though it doesn't exactly have a personable personality like Siri or Cortana. It makes up for that with smarts, offering recommendations not just when you ask it but sometimes even when you don't. And sometimes it even makes suggestions from sources you probably didn't know about. VentureBeat's Jordan Novet reports seeing Foursquare place recommendations in his Google Now search results. Which he finds strange considering that he doesn't have the Foursquare app installed at all.

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Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber rides can now be ordered in Foursquare app

Uber's slow expansion into other services has grown a bit more, with the ridesharing service teaming up with Foursquare to offer its service to the latter app's users. Those who use Foursquare will be able to order a ride without leaving the app thanks to a new "ride there with Uber" button. The Uber app will still be needed, but with this button many of the options will be chosen in Foursquare's own app and then loaded automatically into the Uber app.

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Swarm adds stickers, bringing Mayorship back ‘soon’

Swarm adds stickers, bringing Mayorship back ‘soon’

Last year, Foursquare split itself in two. The actual Foursquare app would soon see itself battling the likes of Yelp, and is now being leaned on by social service like Twitter to provide better context on your location. Swarm would handle the rest; check-ins, more or less. In the divide-and-conquer strategy, Swarm lost much of what many users liked about the original Foursquare. To help bring Swarm back to center, Foursquare is adding a few of those features back.

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Rumor: Yahoo trying to buy Foursquare for $900 million

Rumor: Yahoo trying to buy Foursquare for $900 million

Yahoo, under Marissa Mayer, is no stranger to acquisitions. The company is among the busier players when it comes to snapping up startups, but sometimes they also make bigger purchases. A few years ago, Yahoo bought Tumblr for around $1 billion, and they’re reportedly eyeing a similarly sized acquisition. Reports now indicate Yahoo is interested in Foursquare, which recently split in two to comprise a two-pronged attack for finding places to go and checking in. The deal is said to be worth around $900 million.

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Twitter partners with Foursquare for better location tagging

Twitter partners with Foursquare for better location tagging

You have been able to include your location within tweets for quite some time, but that feature is about to get a lot more contextual, and quite a bit smarter. In a deal with Foursquare, which will see Twitter gain access to Foursquare’s impressive location knowledge base, your location tags will soon provide the name of businesses you’re at, or landmarks you’re near. Users will also get the ability to monitor the places they’ve been by tapping the link associated, which brings up tagged tweets from others.

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Google may have foodie social site named ‘Tablescape’ in the works

Google may have foodie social site named ‘Tablescape’ in the works

It’s either a brilliant idea, or a really misguided attempt at social — it’s hard to say right now. According to a new report, Google is once again making an attempt at social, and is focussing on hitting us where it matters. Tablescape is a new project by Google, and is taking a social look at food. Rather than a wide open forum as most social sites are, Tablescape would be entirely focussed on food, and people who photograph their food.

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Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Not long ago (seriously, ten days), Foursquare said they had an iPad app in the works. We admittedly got excited, but quickly filed it deep in the recesses of our mind, knowing it would come someday. We didn’t expect that day to arrive so soon, but it has! Foursqaure’s iPad app is now out, and ready for your restaurant discovery couch surfing adventures. The app is appropriately laid out for iPad, too, offering much more than a blown-up iPhone version. It’s not necessarily new, but there is one new function to celebrate the iPad version.

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Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Of all the things Foursquare is good for, it’s not something you can take advantage of via iPad. There’s no actual iPad app from Foursquare! In splitting into Foursquare and Swarm, the need to have check-ins via the Foursquare app proper went away. Now that Foursquare is a lot more like Yelp, they’re ready to let you browse for something to eat or do on your tablet as well. The iPad-only app should be coming in the next few weeks.

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