Personally I’m a big fan of readwrite, and this piece caught my attention. The recently re-branded site from Read Write Web to simply readwrite is always on the cutting edge of what is going on, both publicly and behind the scenes. This is why I curate quite often from them. This piece makes sense. I remembered Google acquired Zagat and has reviews so making these reviews available to app developers could certainly be a force to be reckoned with, for Facebook.
Google announced Friday that the Google Places data it makes available to app developers will now include Place Summaries, which are hand-curated reviews of the places and businesses listed on Google. This means high-quality information from Google such as Zagat reviews can be easily included in location-based apps.
As a Google Maps user, I’m excited about this. I really want Google to beef up its offerings for finding restaurants, stores, and other local places. The more rich place info it makes available to developers, the more useful Google Maps and Google Places will be for people in the Google ecosystem.
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