Google Inc. on Feb. 4 introduced new "social mapping" software with several implications for schools and their students--from allowing friends to find each others' locations on or off campus, to tracking young students' whereabouts on a field trip or if they go missing.

With an upgrade to its mobile maps, Google hopes to prove it can track people on the go as effectively as it searches for information on the internet. The company's new software will enable people with mobile phones and other wireless devices to transmit their whereabouts to family and friends automatically.

The feature, dubbed "Latitude," expands upon a tool


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