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Thursday, March 02, 2006

A headline from an article in ComputerWorld, picked up in ComputerPartner, an IT publication from The Netherlands, among other outlets, describes DigitalGlobe as “Google Earth’s photographer.” The company does, and has done, far more than license imagery to Google. On the other hand, it’s valuable for the world to understand that Google doesn’t actually take the pictures… I wonder if GeoEye will call itself “Microsoft’s Photographer?”

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 08:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ventana Research, a small market research company, launched their practice on Location Intelligence yesterday. Ventana’s CEO, Mark Smith, has been making the rounds at several conferences over the last year and speaking with companies like MapInfo, MetaCarta, Google, geoVue and others. Ventana’s main focus has been in the business intelligence sector and they are beginning to see the link between BI and LI. Their influence with companies to get them to see how each can leverage location technology as a competitive advantage should begin to raise the awareness about its potential within the mainstream enterprise computing applications. Only IDC, a much larger marketing research company has tried to follow the growth of LI until now.

by Joe Francica on 03/02 at 07:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In an article at describing how many UK CIO have banned the use of Google Desktop for security reasons, comes this statement from Steve Noyes, CTO at the Met Office:

We have recently stopped people using Google Earth because it has adverse impacts on our networked desktops.

I guess that’s something Google and its users are going to have to consider as the future use of that product in business and government plays out.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TechFest is Microsoft’s annual “science fair” for employees. Techies show off silly and not silly projects to their peers. Some are shown to the press. It sounds, based on a Seattle Times article, like its part “show and tell” and part networking.

Of the goodies shown to the press, several revolve around geospatail including a real compass that always points to the nearest Starbucks (I suspect Live Local is in there somewhere), the “build your own map” work being done in India with a reworked Virtual Earth, and several projects based on data collected from employees with GPS receivers. Microsoft purchased 55 GPS receivers and had employees drive with them for two weeks. That data was then made available for research. The projects include trying to predict where someone is going, based on past trips and predicted when they will stop. The former might be used for location-based ads or traffic warnings, and the latter for holding cell calls until the vechicle is stopped.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

How do I know? TeleNav secured $30 million in private equity financing. This was picked as a hot company by a reader some years ago. Clearly, the company leadership has convinced investors it’s a winner.

On a slightly related note, in my travels around Boston in recent days I saw several former cell phone stores closing or closed. One was soon to be a Chinese restaurant. Clearly, that delivery model is not working any longer, sort of like video rental stores…

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 01:57 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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