Over the past year Foursquare has transitioned away from being the app of badges and mayorships to an app of location discovery and recommendations. And this shift in emphasis is everywhere in Foursquare 6.0, which rolled out this week. The biggest changes happened to the Foursquare activity feed, which is now populated not just by your friends’ activity but by trending locations, recommendations, and other local happenings. All of these changes underscore Foursquare’s new, far more interesting desire to be the first app you go to when you’re looking for a new place to try out. That’s obviously a very enticing notion for local businesses: If Foursquare can prove that it consistently drives more visitors to businesses, it can also give those local businesses a more convincing case for why they should plunk down cash for Foursquare’s paid products. Get the full story at The Next Web and VentureBeat