Law and Order
As anyone who has used a map app recently will tell you, GPS location is still a pretty imperfect science. Sadly, we don’t think that will be any comfort to Wayne Dobson, a 59-year-old Las Vegas man who has fallen victim to a glitch with Sprint Wireless’s GPS technology. The problem has dispatched scores of people who lost their cell phones to his front door demanding he give them their phones back.
The marketplace for mobile apps that let you log-in your location and broadcast this information to friends is getting pretty crowded. There is our local favorite, foursquare, which pioneered the act of “checking in”. And then there are giants like Facebook and Twitter, which let you record your location when you send a status update or tweet.
The folks at IAC have come up with a fairly brilliant end-run around all this. Their new app, Crowded Room, let’s people log a “might go”, the tantalizing precursor to the check-in. Not only do you not have to be at the actual location, but you “might go” to dozens of spots in one night without ever leaving your couch!
There has been a lot of discussion over the past week about what exactly Apple and Google are doing with the location data they have been collecting from users smart phones.
Chris Dixon had an interesting take on this, pointing out that Eric Schmidt, before stepping down as CEO of Google, made the case for the evolution of an autonomous search engine.
Ok, maybe we were a bit quick to dismiss the notion that Apple was collecting location data about iPhone users. Something about the self-righteous fury of the blogosphere had us in full apologist mode.