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Location, location, location

Ever since 1999, I’ve been predicting that the first app for “location-based” services would be crazy little games — with kids running around a city trying to conquer territory, and their phones registering where they’re located.

Turns out it’s finally happening — in Copenhagen, home of UnWired Factory. They’re launching something rather excellently titled “Battle Machine”, where “addictive game-play utilizes man’s eternal strive for geographical dominance.” Yes way.

(Plus, the first-ever mobile gaming conference is on the way.)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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