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Go to Google.com in your iPhone or Android browser and you'll see a small new addition to the homepage: a tiny Near Me Now option below the search box.
Tomorrow it will be exactly one month since the launch of Google Buzz . The song remains the same: it’s a mess .
Google is launching a new tool on Monday that lets anyone create an app for Android phones. Google App Inventor claims to enable non-coders to develop complete, working Android apps by connecting a series of "blocks." Google has been testing App Inventor in schools for a year, reports The New York Times . At the time of writing, App Inventor is only available to those who apply via a form. It's a smart concept. Not only is the Android Market an open platform for developers (with no approval process, a la Apple's App Store), but now we'll likely see a vast array of specialized apps built by non-developers.
[Note: The Places API is now generally available to all developers for use in any app.
Google has indicated it's going to be working with developers on checkins for location-based applications through its Places API. This spring, Google announced Places as a revamping of its local and local-business listings.
Whether you’re looking for a great lounge to hang out with your friends or a trusty shop to repair your bicycle, the web is a great place to discover and learn about local businesses and services.
Back when Google introduced “Places”, the buzz was pretty huge. Was Google looking to take over the spot previously held by Yelp?
Verified Google Places business owners can now publicly respond to user reviews on their businesses’ Place Page . This new feature further bridges the divide between Places and its biggest competitor, Yelp .