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Why? Because the two services do pretty much the exact same thing, but so far, Foursquare is kicking Gowalla’s butt.
If Foursquare goes to Yahoo, it’s going to crawl into a dying company, get buried, then forgotten. (Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley experienced this firsthand at Google after it bought his last company, Dodgeball. No doubt, he’s learned from it.) Meanwhile, Gowalla will be free to keep building its service totally unencumbered by an entrenched parent company.
If Yahoo doesn’t buy Foursquare, then Foursquare will raise a big round and continue focusing on squashing Gowalla. Then the companies will have to continue their fight to the death.
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