The biggest news of the week this week are the reports from CNN Money that Gowalla has been purchased by Facebook. This makes sense on a lot of different levels, especially if the Gowalla talent will help the Facebook team build out their recently announced timeline. If this is in fact true, a BIG congrats to the good people over at Gowalla — in particular, Josh Williams, Andy Elwood and Pia Burone.
Next up, apparently foursquare checkins on Black Friday were more impressive than originally thought. Earlier in the week, a report from Chris Copeland of GroupM all but pronounced foursquare (and location-based services) dead. Recent data from AdAge shows data to the contrary to Chris’s claim and in fact validates that mainstream retailers like Wal-mart, in fact enjoyed quite a bit of “check-in” love on Black Friday.
Last but not least, the re-launch of location-based service, Path, has arrived to much fanfare for those that care about such services (like Mike and me). For one, it has a slick (and much more intuitive) UI. Finding friends feels easier this go around as well. With Gowalla (potentially) out of the picture, one has to ask if Path may be its heir apparent?