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Foursquare Partners With MapBox, Drops Google Maps

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The geolocation check in application, Foursquare, which relies heavily on the map integration of its systems, has opted to switch map providers from Google Maps to MapBox, a startup company that is using the Open Street Map Movement.

[URL="http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/foursquare-openstreetmap/"]Mashable[/URL] reporting "Foursquare announced the change in a [URL="http://blog.foursquare.com/2012/02/29/foursquare-is-joining-the-openstreetmap-movement-say-hi-to-pretty-new-maps/"]blog post[/URL] Wednesday, explaining its decision to make the big API switch. To power the new maps, Foursquare is partnering with [URL="http://mapbox.com/tour/"]MapBox[/URL], a startup which calls itself “a beautiful alternative to Google Maps” and uses data from OpenStreetMap.“As a startup, we also often think about how we can make life easier for other startups,” the Foursquare blog explains.
Foursquare says it chose MapBox for three reasons: its use of OpenStreetMap, which will continue to get better; it allows for design flexibility, so Foursquare can pick fonts and colors to match the rest of the app; and it’s powered by the open-source Leaflet java script library."

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