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Facebook Deals in Places: Updated iPhone application

A quick look at the new Facebook Places updates which offer location-based offers and freebies.
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Facebook for iPhone will be updated with a new application, allowing Places to be enhanced and be packed in with more social, real-world features. The user interface will remain the same, but the features will become apparant.

There are four kinds of deals on offer on Facebook Places: individual, friend, loyalty and charity - but these all work in a very similar way.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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As you normally would, check into the place you are in with the Facebook application for iPhone. This will register where you are, and search for offers, deals and friends in a similar location. It will also be published on your Facebook wall for others to see.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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Out of the list of places that you are near, if a place you are in has an offer or a deal to be had, it will be displayed with a yellow ticket next to the name oif that place.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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By clicking on that place, you will see the deal that is on offer. This could be a free side order with a meal, a free drink or a discount off an item on the shelf. This not only offers incentives to go in, but you will see also that this allows other people to see the deals you found.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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Once you check into that place, you will be able to claim the deal that is on offer.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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By hitting 'claim deal', this will allow you to get a discount off the item being offered.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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If there is any more interaction needed on your part, the business you are in will display these here. It could be as simple as showing the cashier your iPhone.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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If you and a number of friends have all checked into the same place at the same time - either for a movie, a concert or a nightclub, you can all claim offers if they are available for you and your friends.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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Simply tag a number of the friends who have also checked into this place, and you will be able to claim the offer on their behalf.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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But your friends must have checked in there too (...so even if they weren't there, take their iPhone with you!). Hit 'claim deal' as you did on the individual offer, and they will get the offer too.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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If you are a regular at a coffee shop on the way to work or college, you can claim multiple check in's as a loyalty scheme. Each day, check in and after say five days, you could get a free coffee.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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Finally, businesses can donate money or goods to a charity or other organisation when you check in. Once you check in, that company will donate money on your behalf - so it is at no cost to you, but you can feel warm and fuzzy all day.

For more on the updates to Facebook's mobile platform and features to Facebook Places, visit the Between the Lines post, or check out the photo gallery from the event at Facebook's HQ.

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