Facebook Places, the location service has been launched and here are some interesting details

  • Each place has its own page and ‘here now’ showing who has checked in right now.
  • Differentiator being FB’s leverage of it’s social connections. You can tag friends when you check-in to a place.
  • The obvious question, i.e. privacy – Default for check-ins is “friends-only.” Only your friends can see when you visit or are tagged at a place, unless you have specifically set your master privacy control to “Everyone.” You also have the choice to set more restrictive customized settings.
  • Business owners can claim their Facebook places page.

To get started, you’ll need the most recent version of the Facebook application for iPhone. You also can access Places from touch.facebook.com if your mobile browser supports HTML 5 and geolocation.

Go to Places on the iPhone application or touch.facebook.com site (available only in US right now) and then tap the “Check In” button. You’ll see a list of places near you. Choose the place that matches where you are. If it’s not on the list, search for it or add it. After checking in, your check-in will create a story in your friends’ News Feeds and show up in the Recent Activity section on the page for that place. – blog / guide

The location service is in partnership with Gowalla, Foursquare, Booyah and Yelp.

App Search from Gmail

Gmail team has launched a useful utility “Apps Search” that enables you to search for

Once you enable it from the Gmail Labs tab under Settings, the “Search Mail” button in Gmail will say “Search Mail and Docs” instead, and your search results will include matching documents and sites in addition to email messages. – blog

Google Chrome Web Store

Google is set to launch Chrome Web Store (on the lines of iTunes App store). Set to launch this October, the store aims to make a marketplace for browser games — one that solves a lot of the issues of games on the web today, from discovery to monetization.[source]

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The app store will be integrated with Google checkout and will support free trials as well. Watch this video for more information.



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