Apple Did Indeed Acquire BroadMap and Catch Earlier This Year

Only now coming to light, both acquisitions are several months old at this point.
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Twitter Steps Up Test of Local Tweet-Discovery Feature

As AllThingsD first reported in April, Twitter is continuing to test a feature that surfaces nearby tweets based on a user’s location. Spotted by The Wall Street Journal in the wild, the feature looks to be a separate swipeable timeline — and opt-in only — in its current state.

Siri Gets Serious, Microsoft Gets Its Mojo Back and Everything Gets Encrypted in 2014

Annual predictions for the year ahead in tech from analyst Mark Anderson.
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IndoorAtlas Aims to Use Magnetic Fields to Map the Insides of Buildings

No new infrastructure required. Just a bit of walking.
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Twitter Acquires Social Startup Spindle

A talent buy for the microblogging service.
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FCC to Clarify Rules on How Carriers Can Use Customer’s Call Data

In the wake of the Carrier IQ flap a couple years back, the Federal Communications Commission wants to be clear about the rules around how carriers collect and store call data.
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Dating Apps for the Already Attached

There are plenty of dating apps out there for singles. But what if you’re in a relationship? Here are date-booking apps worth trying.
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Hearst Taps Demand Media’s Bradford and Yucaipa’s Johnson to “Redefine” the San Francisco Chronicle

Can the City by the Bay finally get the newspaper it deserves?
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Yahoo Snaps Up Mobile Gaming Company Loki Studios

Yahoo has acquired mobile gaming startup Loki Studios, the company announced on Friday. The staff will join Yahoo’s mobile team to work on unspecified projects — though Loki’s specialty seemed to be in location-based mobile products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.