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A patent filed for a social-networking service called iGroups would allow iPhone and other mobile-device users to stay in touch and share location updates.
The rivalry between Gowalla and Foursquare might seem to define the nascent geolocation market. Hold your horses: Let's see what Facebook is cooking up.
The competition will be particularly fierce at the annual digital-culture bash between Foursquare and Gowalla, rival social-media services that want to own the location-based networking market.
The round was led by Greylock Partners with contributions from a handful of prominent individual investors--some of whom also back competitor Foursquare.
Also: AOL is the most favored ISP; Visible Measures has raised $10 million in funding; and Home Account has raised $1 million in seed funding.
Absolute Software Corporation, a provider of firmware-based computer theft recovery, announced on Monday that it has added Wi-Fi geolocation tracking to its Computrace line of mobile computer antitheft products.
Sony joins the motion controller wars, and broadband gets ready for a big leap. Also: SXSWi goes geolocation.
As the Web generation descends on the South by Southwest Interactive show in Austin, AT&T's network actually works, Twitter announces its @Anywhere platform, Facebook focuses on games, and Digg unveils a revamp.
It was a big game of showmanship as Foursquare and Gowalla threw their rival parties at the annual Austin, Texas festival on the same night.
No question Twitter is still huge here, but Foursquare and Gowalla have to be considered a major part of people's organizing principle.