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Maybe we’re just used to quickly reading headlines or tweets and drawing assumptions, but when Facebook announced it was integrating location into a status update people seemed to get it wrong. A roar went up that Foursquare has “won.”

I think Facebook’s move is less about bowing to Foursquare and more about realizing that location is just one part of the story – the who, what, where, when. You could say the Place has been put in its place, it’s not the status itself but rather an add-on. I’m cool with this as I don’t mind when people check-in on Facebook, but I like it a lot better when they add some commentary as well. So you’re at a restaurant…is it good? What are you eating? Let’s personalize this check-in a bit.

With the new location roll out you will still be able to use deals, you will still be able to let your friends know your locations, it’s just that the stand alone check-in function is slowly being replaced with a location tag…similar to tacking on a photo or a link to a status. This option will also allow you to go back and tag vacation photos with a location without actually being there and will allow you to tag places for future events from your mobile phone or desktop. “Can’t wait to visit (tag it).”

Who knows how this will ultimately play out, but I do think it is a bit premature to say Facebook is out of the location game. I also think we all (myself included) need to read the full story rather than the headlines.

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Normally I don’t view National Geographic as a source for breaking tech news but they recently had an interesting article on Augmented Reality.  Augmented Reality is often used to put a layer of virtual information over the real world. For example, if you hold your phone up to the street you could see information about a nearby restaurant – price point and reviews, details about a landmark, and even directions to what’s around the corner. National Geographic suggested that in 2009 Augmented Reality was viewed through your phone, in 2010 it will be viewed through a pair of special glasses (apparently already available for $600) and in 2015 they guessed it would move on to contacts.

As a contact lens wearer and probably one of the last hard contact lens wearers (shout out to gas permeables), I found this idea intriguing. Sure it may be information overload at times, but think about how much smarter our decisions may be if we literally had the knowledge of the web before us as we made daily decisions. Social actions like writing a review on Yelp! or tips on Foursquare then become that much more useful.

Would you want a pair?