A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.
Apple and Google Expand Their Battle to Mobile Maps (WSJ)
Later this year, Apple is planning to oust Google Maps as the preloaded, default maps app from the iPhone and iPad and release a new mapping app that runs Apple’s own technology, according to current and former Apple employees. Apple plans to encourage app developers to embed its maps inside their applications like social-networking and search services.
Intuit Merges Its Square Competitor GoPayment With QuickBooks Point Of Sale
Intuit is now merging its traditional POS software, QuickBooks POS, with its mobile offering (and Square rival) Intuit GoPayment. The two solutions will now be able to communicate with each other, syncing both inventory and financial data from PC to mobile or vice versa.
Why London’s Police Just Set a Horrifying Precedent on Mobile Privacy (ReadWriteWeb)
London’s Metropolitan Police recently started using machines that allow law enforcement to tap into any mobile device and download call registers, photographs, videos, SMS, email and even social networking data in under 20 minutes. Even more shocking, the information they collect will remain in the police’s possession long after the suspect is released, even if no charges are filed.
33% of Smartphone Owners Share Location with Retailers: study (Mobile Commerce Daily)
33% of smartphone owners have shared their location with retailers by using the map feature on a retail app, via a check-in service such as foursquare or by finding nearby deals using a service such as Groupon Now.
Rethinking Privacy in an Era of Big Data (New York Times/Bits Blog)
Quentin Hardy: By triangulating different sets of data (you are suddenly asking lots of people on LinkedIn for endorsements on you as a worker, and on Foursquare you seem to be checking in at midday near a competitor’s location), people can now conclude things about you (you’re probably interviewing for a job there) that are radically different from either set of public information.