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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Apple Reportedly in Talks for Data-Sharing Deal with Foursquare




The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in early discussions with popular location-based app Foursquare for a data-sharing deal. Apple SVP Eddy Cue is reportedly involved with the negotiations as he tries to improve a Maps app that has failed to live up to Apple's expectations.
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Apple Inc.*is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on*Google Inc.
Foursquare's data includes local businesses like restaurants, bars and more and even allows users to leave tips about businesses for future visitors. The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple may be able to use that data in its Maps app as well.

This news comes days after Google announced its Maps app for iOS, which was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 48 hours. These are just preliminary talks however, if the report is to be believed. There's no guarantee what kind of data Foursquare will share with Apple, if the deal is ever finalized.

Recently, Cue has been posting Foursquare check-ins on his Twitter account.

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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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It'd be nice to have this integration non-the-less.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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Australia

This is only good for a few countries, in UK foursquare is big. Foursquare is not big in Australia.
It's so easy to become the Mayor of anything in Australia with Foursquare.

At least Apple realise they need to put more effort into mapping and data collection than what they assumed was okay for launch.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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This is only good for a few countries, in UK foursquare is big. Foursquare is not big in Australia.
It's so easy to become the Mayor of anything in Australia with Foursquare.

At least Apple realise they need to put more effort into mapping and data collection than what they assumed was okay for launch.
The Mayor title is kind of dumb. Businesses should not let employees abuse it so frequent customers can get the title and also discounts, if they choose to give those.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:23 PM   #5
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Whatever helps at this point.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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Foursquare integration!!!

lol
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:27 PM   #7
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I'd rather see Apple Maps, with actually correct mapping data, with Google Maps, Yelp and Foursquare datapoint integration.

Because vector maps are leagues better than raster maps, despite awful satellite images.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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I think Apple already dropped the ball with Apple Maps. Most people have either switched and aren't coming back, or don't need or use Maps enough to have an issue with the current version.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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Yelp, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook...why are these considered "features" of iOS? Integrated options are a good thing. But they aren't a substitute for strong software.

Apple seems to be very selective about what they want to develop "in-house" and what they want to "share".
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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I think Apple already dropped the ball with Apple Maps. Most people have either switched and aren't coming back, or don't need or use Maps enough to have an issue with the current version.
Ehhhhhhh I dunno... it's integrated into Siri as the default app and I must say, it's exuberantly nice to be in the car somewhere and literally just say, "Get me home!" and bam, instant directions back home.

For that reason, I will still be using Apple Maps in addition to Google (basically because I have no choice if I use Siri.... and I use her alot).
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:33 PM   #11
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iOS 7

Foursquare integration!!!

lol
watch this be a "tentpole feature"

kind of annoying how something like that steals the show.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:34 PM   #12
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People still use Foursquare?
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:38 PM   #13
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Finally.

Using Foursquare means user-generated content. It is MUCH more accurate than Yelp and is always up to date because the users ensure it is.

I love Foursquare. So happy to see this.

EDIT: FWIW, Foursqare was added to the App Store Hall of Fame this year.

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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:40 PM   #14
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People still use Foursquare?
Instagram's location data is powered by foursquare. Whatsapp too.
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Whatever helps at this point.

For me the last two updates of IOS (5 & 6) have been disappointing in new features.... Beta SIRI & BETA Maps. They jumped the shark when they touted Facebook integrations as a major feature

Let's hope that this will get better with the next version....
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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There is just one thing I don't understand.
Isn't Apple basically the same thing he was doing with Google ?
Paying royalties and services to TomTom and possibly soon to Foursquare. Just like with Google. And now that Google offered even turn by turn I simply don't understand why Apple is losing their time, besides the aparent hate for Google or some paranoia **** like Google stealing all of iOS user data
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:41 PM   #17
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More time and energy wasted trying to reinvent the wheel.

Now that Google has released a Maps App that's worth a damn, the only thing Apple needs to do is allow iOS users to let that app be the DEFAULT app on their iOS devices.

Problem solved.

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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:42 PM   #18
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People still use Foursquare?
I used it for several months. The merchant discounts are nice, but they're so few and far between. Aside from that, I'm not sure what the draw is. Do I really care where my friends are at any given moment? Do they care where I am? It's a pretty superfluous app when you think about, so I don't see a whole lot of value in having it integrated into iOS.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 08:43 PM   #19
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People still use Foursquare?
What I don't get is that Apple has a fairly strong relationship with Yelp for Siri if I'm not mistaken.

Is 4sq that different from Yelp? Does it have more geo data than Yelp?

Forgive me for the potentially stupid question (casual user only), but to me there's lots of overlaps between the two.
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People still use Foursquare?
Are you joking? It's the largest location based social network in the world.

If Apple Maps needs up-to-date data (which it does), and accurate information (which it does), a social network that's curated by its own users is VASTLY superior than Yelp, Facebook, or even Google Places.
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watch this be a "tentpole feature"

kind of annoying how something like that steals the show.
Best of all, Forstall was able to talk about how breakthrough Facebook integration was for 2 min 30 secs.

Gonna miss him...
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There is just one thing I don't understand.
Isn't Apple basically the same thing he was doing with Google ?
Paying royalties and services to TomTom and possibly soon to Foursquare. Just like with Google. And now that Google offered even turn by turn I simply don't understand why Apple is losing their time, besides the aparent hate for Google or some paranoia **** like Google stealing all of iOS user data
Because Google has a highly competitive smartphone platform and is in a war with Apple, it's clearly not in Apple's interest to be further entrenched into Google's ecosystem. Of course Google can release whatever app they want and data mine the users or to suddenly hate all iOS users and pull their plug and make everything with iOS sad, but by then it's solely Google's fault and responsibility and has nothing to do with Apple.

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What I don't get is that Apple has a fairly strong relationship with Yelp for Siri if I'm not mistaken.

Is 4sq that different from Yelp? Does it have more geo data than Yelp?

Forgive me for the potentially stupid question (casual user only), but to me there's lots of overlaps between the two.
Foursquare has the most accurate and abundant POIs amongst Apple Maps, Google Maps etc. even for newest restaurants and shops in my area. User input and support in various popular apps like Instagram and Whatsapp are probably the reasons.
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Is 4sq that different from Yelp? Does it have more geo data than Yelp?
Foursquare has significantly more location data than Yelp simply because the content is user-created. So locations are generally more accurate and up-to-date.

Additionally, the people who use Foursquare regularly are typically quite passionate about the accuracy of data. These "super users" ensure location information is correct as they check-in.

If you haven't already, take a look at the search feature on Foursquare. Very content driven:

http://foursquare.com/explore
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More time and energy wasted trying to reinvent the wheel.
Now that Google has released a Maps App that's worth a damn, the only thing Apple needs to do is allow iOS users to let that app be the DEFAULT app on their iOS devices.
This.

Especially the 3D flyovers look nice at first but are gimmicky. Reminds me of flash-heavy websites some years ago, too much candy, no substance. Google Street views are much more useful in my opinion.

Apple's ego is probably be too big to 'ping' its maps

Also, Apple doesn't want to become too dependent on Google. Might keep Maps alive just because of that.
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Apple Inc.*is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on*Google Inc.
Notice the words in bold. Why not get the fundamental satellite imagery and POIs right first before even thinking of attempting to compete with a company who had a 7 years head-start?

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Best of all, Forstall was able to talk about how breakthrough Facebook integration was for 2 min 30 secs.

Gonna miss him...
Not trying to be sarcastic, but I miss him already. Can you guys imagine Jony Ive on stage to walk us through iOS 7? I've never seen him on stage during keynotes before.
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