Why Was Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Checking In at Apple?

Foursquare's co-founder, Dennis Crowley, and two other key company executives stopped by Apple's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters Wednesday, allegedly eating burritos at its employee cafeteria.

This has caused rampant speculation about the likely "meeting" held between Apple and Crowley, Holger Luedorf, Foursquare's business development and partnerships czar and Erin Gleason, public relations manager, Electronista reports. Could Apple be planning a takeover, or simply a partnership of sorts?

9to5Mac suggested that the team may be working with Apple, which is creating a social network called "Find my Friends."  Other suggestions include that Apple is revamping its MobileMe service and may use some aspects of Foursquare, too.

I've never been a big fan of Foursquare (it's based in New York, and I like my tech West Coast) but I can see how incorporating its capabilities into Apple's ho-hum services could make them a little more zazzy and interesting. Still, I can't think all three execs came all the way from NYC to just stop at one place even if that one place is Apple. If they're shopping around, they're going to look at all the offers in front of them.

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