StraightUpSocial News Links for 1/27/2010

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Twitter Local Trends Now Live For All

Barb Dybwad at Mashable shares news from Twitter that its Local Trends feature, which shows trending topics in your area, is now available for all Twitter users.

AT&T To Launch Yelp Competitor

Elizabeth Woyke at Forbes tells us that AT&T is hoping to compete in the local search market with the release of Buzz.com (not to be confused with Yahoo Buzz), which allows users to highlight their favorite local businesses. Currently, access to Buzz.com is by invitation only.

Amazon’s Kindle Apps vs. Apple’s iPhone Apps

Seeking Alpha sizes up Amazon’s prospects of breaking into the app market that is currently dominated by Apple, following the company’s recent announcement that it is opening up the Kindle E-Book reader platform to application developers.

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