FourSquare to show full names and share more data with businesses

FourSquare is making changes to its privacy policy - and, unlike, say Instagram, has actually made them simple to understand. From January 28, users' full names will be displayed, and businesses given more customer data by default.

New Curiosity Rover badge on Foursquare

You can now check-in to earn the Mars Curiosity Rover badge on the social networking site, Foursquare.

Foursquare takes on Yelp with new rating system

With its latest iOS update, released yesterday, FourSquare has taken a leaf out of Yelp's book and added a rating system for local businesses.

'Stalker' app pulled after outcry

An app that allowed men to stalk women in their vicinity has been pulled from the iTunes store - although its developer says it can't see what all the fuss is about.

Quarter of tweets 'not worth reading'

A quarter? Seriously, only a quarter? But that's the proportion of tweets that Twitter users say are a waste of time.

White House joins Foursquare

Fancy becoming mayor of the White House? Well, now you can. Barack Obama has added Foursquare to his social media list.

Foursquare launches Groupon Now real-time deals

It's no secret Foursquare is actively pursuing the daily deals space within the "Explore" tab in its location-based check-in service.

AmEx launches deals via Facebook "likes" & check-ins

American Express is tapping into Facebook "likes" and check-ins to send card owners relevant and local discounts based on their Facebook preferences.

Foursquare: 10 million served, and counting

There are now more than 10 million Foursquare users.

Location-based apps take center stage at SXSW

SXSW is a show defined by minds and ideas, rather than the announcement of new consumer electronics.

Is Ronald Reagan the godfather of Foursquare?

Technology expert Tim O'Reilly says he believes former U.S. president Ronald Reagan is the true godfather of Foursquare and other geo-location services.

Foursquare reaches the next level with 3.0 update

The social geo-tagging app Foursquare has just been elevated to version 3.0 on Android and the iPhone, and brings with it a whole slew of new features that go beyond just 'checking in' at your favorite hot spots.

Foursquare lists world's rudest cities

Manchester in the UK is the world's rudest English-speaking city, according to Foursquare, based on the amount of swearing in check-in recommendations.

What is Foursquare doing at SXSW?

Ah, South by Southwest in Austin. Dude, it's like 9 days of music, film, tattoos, pierces, moshing and body surfing. And let us not forget the uber-cool hipster tech, coded by companies like Foursquare (or is that 4square?) which will be offering...

Foursquare tops 6 million users

More than 381 million "check-ins" have been registered on Foursquare's social location-sharing service, as more than 6 million people now have accounts there and growth for the site is higher than ever.

Tech stalkers target college campuses

Finally, someone in the government has realized what ex-girlfriends have known for years - technology makes stalking easier. We’ve all done it, incessantly stalked our ex’s Facebook page, or maybe checking a particular someone’s Twitter feed over and over again.

FourSquare adds photos and comments to check-ins

FourSquare yesterday updated its iPhone application to allow users to post photos and comments when checking in - and says it's already getting one photo upload a second.

Gowalla integrates with Foursquare, Facebook Places

Gowalla has launched a new version of its iPhone app, adding integration with Foursquare and Facebook Places, its bigger rivals.

Yelp makes "checking in" more rewarding

The big trend these days is to use your phone to "check in" wherever you go - whether it's at the airport, a holiday shopping trip, or a local hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Now, thanks to a new service from Yelp, you might start getting special discounts and offers for your willingness to share such information.

A careless check-in costs lives, says Air Force

The Air Force is warning its troops not to use location-based services such as FourSquare, Facebook Places and Gowalla because they could, er, give away their location.