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Glympse Shares Its Location: The Bank

Although there is a lot of kerfuffle around the privacy implications of location-based services, the fact of the matter is there are times when that is exactly what one wants to share, especially if it is just for a short period of time.

Glympse, which has an Android and iPhone service that does just that, said Wednesday that it had raised a further $7.5 million in funding. In addition to announcing that Series B round led by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners, the company also noted that it had passed the one million user mark.

The service allows users to share their real-time location for up to four hours with selected friends. It’s useful for, say, letting someone who is meeting you see just how late (and lost) you really are.

And if you are somewhere worth bragging about, you can even post your exact whereabouts to Facebook and Twitter.

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