We may now have a better idea of why Apple objects to Google Latitude.
It appears that Apple has purchased PlaceBase, a company that produced a maps API called Pushpin and offered a mapping service much like Google Maps. The evidence, dug up by ComputerWorld's Seth Weintraub, first appeared in the form of a tweet in July by Fred Lalonde, the founder of Openspaces.org, a company that used PlaceBase's software, stating that Apple had purchased PlaceBase:
Apple bought PlaceBase - all hush hush. Pushpin site taken offline. Hyperlocal iPhone?
The next clue apparently came from Jaron Waldman, … Read more