This week Twitter announced that the service will soon get a new feature in its API: the capability to optionally put geolocation data into tweets.
Currently, geo-focused apps must hack location data into updates by linking them to Web pages, or updating the user's profile with their current location. Once Twitter lets developers embed geo into tweets themselves, a new and interesting world for developers will likely open up.
Another change this move may presage is an expansion of information that Twitter stores with tweets. Obvious items that developers could go to town with in an expanded Twitter API include conversational and retweet data (which Twitter is already working on), and of course embedded URLs. Twitter could, arguably, let developers put links directly into Tweets without relying on fragile third-party URL shorteners.
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Chrome gets bookmark sync with version 4.x Posted by Stephen Shankland Google has issued the first developer preview version of its Chrome browser to reach the version 4.x milestone, a phase that should bring some advanced features in the forthcoming HTML 5 specification for Web pages but that for now just sports a cloud-based bookmark synchronization tool. Read more
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Gmail push on iPhone? Meet GPush Posted by Jessica Dolcourt The arrival of push notification in Apple's 3.0 iPhone software whipped up excitement, though its real-world application still left users wanting more. On Monday, Tiverias Apps released GPush, a small (0.3MB), 99-cent application that fills in a gap with push notification for your Gmail account. Read more
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