The news today is dominated by LBS (location-based services) and mobile. To the links:
Whole Foods to Feature Foursquare Window Clings (Mashable) Foursquare is getting serious about winning the hearts and wallets of local retail businesses.
ABI Research: More than 55 million smartphone shipments Q1 2010 (IntoMobile) That is a lot of phones, folks.
A Look at Who’s Getting What on Apple’s IAds (AdAge) Slow start, so far.
Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social Networks (RWW) Because we’re people. We like to connect. To others, to deals, to brands.
Location service Geodelic raises $7 million, readies for big announcements (VentureBeat) “Geodelic wants businesses to use the platform to approach consumers under their own brand, as opposed to Foursquare-style cobranded campaigns.”
Ad Industry Fights to Stop Stronger FTC and Wins – For Now (ClickZ) I’m not sure, from the piece, that anything directly related to our industry was at stake, but it’s worth noting nonetheless.
Gilt Groupe’s haute sample sales expand (Fortune) “In 2009 alone, the privately held company generated $170 million in revenue, up from its initial cache of $30 million in 2008. It expects that figure to balloon to $400 million this year.” Gilt’s CEO Susan Lyne will be at Web 2 this year.
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