Google plans to launch software called Latitude on Wednesday that lets mobile phone users share their location with close contacts, reports CNET. Google hopes it will help people find each other while out and about and to keep track of loved ones. To protect privacy, Google specifically requires people to sign up for the service. People can share their precise location, the city they're in, or nothing at all. Initially, it will work on most color-screen BlackBerry phones, most phones with Windows Mobile 5.0 or later, and most Symbian-based devices such as Nokia smartphones.

Google envisions two broad classes...

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