A Wireless Street Fight

Web 2.0 is moving into your neighborhood, as more companies vie to deliver local content to your cellphone

Illustration for TIME by Harry Campbell

Illustration for TIME by Harry Campbell

Your cell phone is spying on you, but don't be afraid. Thanks to better mapping technology and hyperlocal services tailored to the small screen, the latest wireless gadgets can automatically pinpoint your location and then direct you to everything from the nearest Chinese restaurant to where your friends are hanging out. And while it may seem creepy to have your phone keeping tabs on you even when you're sleeping, this isn't some Homeland Security nightmare. It's just an easier way to find people and places nearby.

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