Facebook pulls the plug on Places in favor of location tags

08/24/2011 | Register (U.K.), The

Facebook says it will shutter its Places geo-location service, but the social giant isn't giving up on location-based networking. After axing Places' mobile-only check-ins, Facebook says, it will launch a system that lets users add location tags to any content posted to the site. That could pave the way for more location-targeted ads and promotions, and should dovetail well with Facebook's Deals service, writes Kelly Fiveash.

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