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Will SXSW Reveal the Next Technology Trend?

SXSW opened up big doors for Twitter, but do all businesses that get accolades at the festival go on to greatness? We look back at past award winners to see how they fared.

Check Out Who's Checking In at Facebook HQ

Before Facebook goes public next year, it wants to know a little bit more about what you do when you're out in public. The social networking giant is acquiring geo-social app startup Gowalla. Well, technically it's really just acquiring the two founders behind the Austin-based tech firm. Gowalla itself will be euthanized next month

Where the Geeks Are: Dispatches From SXSW 2011

With 20,000 attendees and corporate outposts by the score, this year's South by Southwest Interactive has a carnival-like atmosphere. From its origin as a sort of spring break for nerds, the event has grown into something more like Disneyland for adults.

Three Tech Trends to Watch in 2011

What are some things in the tech world to look forward to in 2011? Here are a few things in my crystal ball worth keeping an eye on in the tech sector: Consolidation in enterprise computing, a check-in shakeout and a surge in crowd-sourcing businesses.

Can Gowalla 3 Put Foursquare in Check?

Check-in service Gowalla was always prettier than mobile social network leader FourSquare, but it still could never catch up with its rival. Its new version, Gowalla 3, could change that: It allows users to easily check in on multiple social networks and track friends across them. Goodbye, check-in fatigue; hello competition.

Why Foursquare Is Beating Gowalla: Location

Check-in phenom Foursquare just passed 3 million users, a milestone that cements its growing lead in mobile social networking. But how did it outrace competitor Gowalla, which was born at the same time and with arguably better technology? By having the right real world social networks, of course.

Facebook Buys NextStop for Location-Based Boost

Location-based services have seen rapid growth, with Foursquare the most prominent player. Facebook, wanting a piece of the action, has bought NextStop. The social travel recommendation site's location-based technology and engineering talent will be valuable to Facebook.

Investors Check In for Location-Based Deals

The idea may seem somewhat silly, but location-based services, such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt, are likely to be enormous. And investors are racing to get a piece of the action, which will escalate valuations.