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Nokia acquires location-based info provider

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Nokia acquires location-based info provider

Finnish manufacturer Nokia has announced its latest acquisition, a US firm called MetaCarta that specialises in location-based services, providing information related to GPS data.

MetaCarta is said to employ over 30 people in Massachusetts and neither it nor Nokia has so far said just how much money has changed hands in order to seal the deal.

Users of MetaCarta technology will be able to find articles and information about the location in which they find themselves by using geo search and geotagging techniques.

Nokia has been steadily building its burgeoning collection of location-based firms and began its assault on stand-alone sat nav providers in January when it revealed that the Ovi Maps app would give free turn-by-turn navigation to many of its smartphone-owning customers.

Nokia is still the only firm to offer its free navigation software on a global scale. Google's own navigation app is also free, but only if you own a Motorola Milestone and happen to live in the US.

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