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 of people with whom you might want to share location information. First is a small, close-knit circle of friends and family with whom you’re willing to share your exact spot. Second is a larger group with whom you’re happy to share city-level detail, convenient for finding out when somebody’s in town but not much more. When somebody is close, the software lets you contact the person various ways–by calling or sending an e-mail or text message, for example. It also lets you hide from that specific person…

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