17 Dec '12, 7pm

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As of today, you can count Facebook as a potentially significant new competitor in local search — on mobile devices. The company is updating the “Nearby ” feature in its iOS and Android apps Nearby Becomes Local Search Tool Previously Nearby was about finding where your friends had checked-in. After the app update Nearby will still show you where your friends have checked-in. But now, more importantly, it will also show you nearby businesses and other places ranked by various criteria. It becomes a local search and discovery tool. You’ll be able to search or browse in the new UI to find local businesses by name or by category. This change is designed to make the Facebook app a go-to source for local information (at least in selected categories). Results will be ranked according to a number of criteria: star ratings, check-ins, Likes and recommendations. Your network will a...

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