Location-specific advice supplied by the crowd

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Both Aardvark (now owned by Google) and the more recently debuted Quora are a testament to the fact that some questions are still better answered by human beings rather than by search engines. Bringing that concept to bear on the location-based arena is Crowdbeacon, a website and mobile app that lets users get location-specific advice in real time from local, human users. The brainchild of New York-based Squeaky Wheel Media, Crowdbeacon is “a location-based service focused on providing relevant, localized communication and information to users based on what they need and where they are,” in the company's own words. Users…

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