A new report from TechCrunch claims Apple has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine similar to FourSquare designed to recommend places to go and visit. The app, developed in part by ex-Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse, pulls data from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as reviews from over 30 sites such as Yelp, to give suggestions on places you should visit next.
Spotestter has recently been pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play store, and it’s very unlikely to return. Instead, Apple has brought part of the Spotsetter team on board, most likely in an attempt to add Spotsetter functionality into the Apple Maps app. This will give Apple features not currently available in apps like Google Maps, and is likely an attempt to breathe new life into the Maps app after its initial issues encountered when it first launched in iOS 6.
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