The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

Apple in talks with Foursquare Labs on data map sharing: WSJ


(REUTERS) - Apple is in early discussions with Foursquare Labs to integrate local data into the company's mapping application, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the talks.

Apple launched its own mapping service in early September, replacing popular Google Maps, which previously came pre-loaded in Apple devices, but the service contained embarrassing errors and drew fierce criticism.

Google's mapping tool has since returned to the iPhone, after user complaints, a public apology from Apple's CEO and the firing of a top executive.

Apple's negotiations with New York-based Foursquare come as the tech giant has been talking to a number of companies that collect local data to improve its new mapping product, the paper said.