Assuming this deal is finalized — great scoop by Laurie Segall — I’m really happy for the Gowalla team. They were putting an emphasis on design and attention to detail in the mobile space well before it was the cool thing to do. And they stayed true to their roots and did it all from Austin, Texas.
Google should have scooped them up way before Facebook could. But well… Yeah.
Related: Facebook has a lot of fucking awesome design talent at their disposal now.
Update 12/5: The deal has been finalized.