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Facebook updates Android and iPhone apps with Places and Groups

Facebook updates Android and iPhone apps with Places and Groups

Social networking phenom Facebook has updated its official apps for the iPhone and Android platforms to include two major features, Groups and Places.

The former is pretty self-explanatory. It allows users to set up groups about their interests and invite others to join them. Whereas Places is a service similar to Foursquare that enables users to “check-in” at places they visit and keep friends and stalkers informed.

What’s new about Places though is that Facebook has partnered with prominent businesses to give American users ‘deals’ when they check-in at participating stores.

Gap for example, is offering the first 10,000 visitors a free pair of jeans and then subsequent visitors 40 per cent discount and free clothing. McDonalds meanwhile, will be donating $1 to every customer who checks in at its outlets.

We think this is a really neat idea, especially seeing it used for a good cause. Hopefully we will see something similar being introduced in the UK in the not-too-distant future.

The update is available right now from the App Store and Android Market.

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