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Facebook relaunches Events as a Foursquare-like app called Local

The Verge Friday, 10 November 2017
Facebook relaunches Events as a Foursquare-like app called LocalLast year, Facebook introduced Events — a standalone app that combined a dedicated calendar with happenings around town. The app was not a hit — it dropped out of the most-downloaded iOS apps a few days after launching, according to data from market research firm App Annie, and never returned.

Today Facebook is trying again. From now on, the app formerly known as Events will now be called Local, and will incorporate information about local businesses and reviews from Facebook users. “The new app, Facebook Local, helps you easily find what to do, where to go, where to eat, or what you need — all recommended by the people you know and trust,” Aditya Koolwal, the product manager, said in a statement.

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Facebook is repackaging its standalone Events app as "Facebook Local." The update will be released today to all Android and iOS users. Facebook Local will be powered by the social network's 70 million business pages plus reviews and friends’ checkins. Product Manager Aditya Koolwal said in a...

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