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Google Latitude finds your friends in real time

 latitude-nyc Google announced today the launch of a new service called Google Latitude which allows you to find friends and view their locations through Google Maps.

Available as a new feature of Google Maps Mobile, and gadget format for iGoogle, Latitude presents an easy way to share your exact (or nearby) location with your friends, if they also agree to share this information with you.

“You can use your Google account to easily invite your friends to Latitude through your existing contact list or email address. Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update their status messages, their profile picture and see what everyone else is doing. You can also make a call, send an SMS, chat via Google Talk or send emails without any need to leave the application ”explained Google.

Google Latitude, which can be accessed at google.com/latitude, is currently available for Android, Blackberry, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile, and should soon also arrive for the iPhone.