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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

I recall all the hoopla around ArcGlobe a few years back and point out now and again that its use doesn’t seem to have matched the hype. Then I run into it again. It seems the City of Yreka has set aside $10,000 to build an ArcGlobe 3D database of at least one part of its master plan. The vote was unanimous after a demo by a GIS company.

It doesn’t match the use of Google Earth, but it’s a start.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 01:36 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As a trial, the folks at Microsoft presented a live session outside Boston on Virtual Earth that was also carried via Live Meeting and a dial in conference call. The hope is to make it available online on demand, as well. The about 20 of us seated in Waltham, Mass (17 guys, 3 women, including myself) watched as the two presenters fiddled with phones and cables and such to get the session running. So far as I could tell there were 2 folks on the phone and 19 online.

The first part was an in intro to Virtual Earth by the Microsoft’s local developer evangelist, Thom Robbins. The second part, the down and dirty code part, was led by Don Sorcinelli
a Microsoft MVP, and local third party developer. He runs BostonPocketPC.

Based on the questions, I believe this was a group of programmers, not a group of geo-geeks. They did however manage to stump the Microsoft host on questions such as how a business gets in the Live Local listings, the source of imagery and the license agreement. I’m sure trying to be an evangelist for so many developer platforms is tough.

Sorcinelli did a nice job building up from a basic map to one with added functionality. Apparently he drew on Dr. Neil’s material on Via Virtual Earth, a semi-affilicated to Microsoft developer site. Though I didn’t completely follow everything, I felt pretty comfortable that I could copy some code and start mucking with it. (That’s how I learned AutoLISP and Avenue back in the day…)

The other reason for the event seems to be the announcement of a contest of VE apps. The winner takes home an XBox. I smiled when they asked how many people in the room would like to take home the prize and only a few of the many gray haired developers raised their hands. I’ve found no details about the contest; I left before they talked about it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 12:47 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

News.com’s media blog describes Tech Soups new “mashup” site, the NetSquared Project, aimed at getting the tech savvy to help out the non-profit part of the world.

I like that non-profits are becoming a key part of every technology discussion these days, as is social change. I was lucky enough to run into a company called Social Change Online some years ago and now watch organizations like Allan Doyle EO/GEO, a non-profit aimed at supporting non-profits in geospatial area grow. One more plug in this space, the World Changing blog.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I pulled a few more facts about “Street Side” from other coverage on the Web:

“Currently, San Francisco and Seattle are the only cities covered, but ‘many more cities’ would be added by the time the feature is formally integrated into the Windows Live Local site this summer…” according to Sean Rowe, program manager for Virtual Earth paraprased at TechWeb.

Rowe has a blog post on “Street Side” at MSN Searh’s blog.

MSDN’s channel 9 did a little movie of the app.

A couple of people noted it’s all done via AJAX.

A WebPro News article notes that Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble says the idea came from pushing Amazon’s A9 imagery one step further. Further, a city worth of imagery takes about a month to capture.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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