If you’ve got a smartphone, Facebook friends, and a pulse, you’ve probably been subjected to friends checking in on Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp, and now Facebook Places. So you’re already sick of Foursquare’s mayors – and the last thing you want to hear about is Yet Another One of Those Things. But SCVNGR, a Cambridge-based startup that has Google’s backing and a mandate to build “the game layer on top of the world,” has been quietly outpacing its larger rivals in location gaming, and this week it begins a hometown blitz that could change that game for good.
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This week on ThePhoenix.com, David Bernstein has a must-read piece about the ways in which the Scott Brown campaign learned from the Obama campaign to flip one of Massachusetts biggest political upsets ever.
One example that Democratic activists are already taking note of is WALKING EDGE, a new GPS-enabled smartphone app modeled on the one the Obama campaign released at the tail end of 2008 -- except that this one appears to be smarter.