Catching Up: Today’s Must-Read Tech Stories

Every day, we compile a list with the morning’s most interesting tech stories. Today’s list inevitably features some discussions about the TechCrunch/AOL/CrunchFund affair, but for the most part, it focuses on “real” tech stories, including Twitter’s latest announcements, Google’s acquisition of Zagat and whether that means Google is turning into more of a content company, and a look…


Google Venture-Funded EchoEcho Wants to Help You Find Your Friends

When it comes to location-based services, check-in apps like FourSquare and Gowalla are probably the ones that have gotten the most attention. For the most part, though, the usefulness of these apps is still not quite clear. After all, there has to be more to location than discounts, virtual badges and mayorships. One service that has been trying to bring some much-needed attention to actually helping users solve a real-world problem through your phone’s built-in location features is EchoEcho. The service, available for iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and (soon) Windows Phone, wants to make it easier for you to find and meet up with your friends. EchoEcho does so without forcing you to sign up for yet another social network (it just uses your existing address book) and its inherent usefulness means it doesn’t have to resort to “gamification” to get you to use it.