Facebook Checks In with Places

Facebook Places on iPhoneFacebook officially joined the Geo-Location and Geo-Tagging race today with the unveiling of their Places product. Though the event was well attended, the news itself was hardly a surprise as rumors of the product have been doing the rounds for several months now.

Introducing the product, Michael Sharon, the product manager for Facebook Places identified the three key features they were focusing on, namely helping people share where they are, helping people see who is around them, and helping people seeing what’s going on. As part of sharing their location, users can upload pictures and tag friends who are along with them.

While this provides the opportunity for a whole new level of engagement amongst Facebook users, it also raises privacy concerns especially in view of the privacy problems that Facebook has had to deal with in the recent past. In order to address these concerns, Facebook has implemented a tighter privacy model around the new product. For example, one cannot tag a friend at a location without first checking themselves in. Users can also choose not to be tagged. Perhaps the most important of it all, the default settings allow only friends to see your visit or getting tagged at a place.

The product is currently available on the new version of the Facebook iPhone App, to be released later tonight, and on touch.facebook.com if you have a geo-location aware touch enabled device.

Leaders and Facebook’s predecessors in the geo-location arena, Foursquare and Gowalla, were not only part of the event, but also announced plans to leverage the Places API to enable tighter integration and new features.

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone4 and Other iOS4 Devices Using JailbreakMe 2.0

On July 26th, the Library of Congress issued a ruling that makes it legal under Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to unlock smartphone to support alternate carriers as well as install legally bought programs.

The guys over at Comex jumped on the ruling by releasing JailbreakMe 2.0, which takes jail breaking iPhone 4 and other iOS4 devices to a new level of simplicity. How simple, you ask? You can judge for yourself with the following step by step video.

And here is a complete list of devices that JailbreakMe 2.0 works on:

  • iPod 1G on 3.1.2
  • iPod 1G on 3.1.3
  • iPod 2G on 3.1.2
  • iPod 2G on 3.1.3
  • iPod 2G on 4.0
  • iPod 3G on 3.1.2
  • iPod 3G on 3.1.3
  • iPod 3G on 4.0
  • iPad on 3.2
  • iPad on 3.2.1
  • iPhone 3G on 3.1.2
  • iPhone 3G on 3.1.3
  • iPhone 3G on 4.0
  • iPhone 3G on 4.0.1
  • iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.2
  • iPhone 3G[S] on 3.1.3
  • iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0
  • iPhone 3G[S] on 4.0.1
  • iPhone 4 on 4.0
  • iPhone 4 on 4.0.1

Video: iPhoneArena

Poly9 Snatched Up by Apple?

Apple has acquired Canadian mapping company, Poly9, according to the French-Canadian news site Cyberpresse. Among Poly9’s products is a cross-browser 3D globe – the Poly9 Globe. The interactive geolocation tool allows users to spin the 3D globe and zoom in on individual locations. Neither company has confirmed, but Poly9’s website appears to be down, giving some credibility to the news. There appears to be no indication on how much Apple paid for the acquisition.

This is only the latest in a series of moves and counter moves between Apple and Google. Poly9 is the second mapping company after Placebase that Apple has acquired within the space of one year, naturally raising the question as to when can we expect Apple’s own map app to replace Google maps on iPhones and iPads.

Does this mean that YouTube clones will become the next acquisition targets for Apple? One can only wonder since so far the rivalry between the two giants has been anything but predictable.

Source Cyberpresse Via PCWorld

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