Live-Blog: Facebook Launches Places Location Service, Partners with Third Parties

We’re here at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, covering Facebook’s location service launch event. Interest is running high and the room is packed with press, because increasingly specific rumors have been leaking about about Facebook’s plans since last year — and because location intersects with other major trends, from local advertising and group deals, to e-commerce and social games, and more. We hear there are a number of location-based services and other companies on hand, so stay tuned.