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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The AP reports that while MapQuest seems to be behind Yahoo Maps, Google Maps and others in the API department and other Web 2.0 t hings, it still leads in eyeballs. Word is that MapQuest will unviel some new features soon.

Of all people going to mapping sites, 71 percent visited MapQuest.com in September, about even from a year ago, according to comScore Media Metrix. Yahoo Inc. drew 32 percent, also about the same as last year, and new arrival Google Inc. had a 25 percent share. (The numbers do not add up to 100 percent because some people visit multiple sites.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 07:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We’ve yet to be briefed on the new version, but Media Post reports that newly named Live Local will roll out later today according to those already in the know.

The article includes this confusing statement:

Microsoft Windows Live Local, powered by Virtual Earth, will allow users to open a satellite-based map image of a city and a bird’s-eye view of specific buildings—all in a single screen. Rather than relying on satellites to capture images from the sky a la Google Earth, Microsoft’s new service is using low-flying airplanes to capture its images.

So, is the Microsoft offering satellite-based or not? Microsoft has signed on ORBIMAGE and HARRIS to provide satellite imagery, but it’s not clear that will go live today. Google Earth includes both satellite imagery (from DigitalGlobe and EarthSat) and aerial imagery from a variety of sources.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A twelve-year old in Florida found an undersea structure that looks like a fist. How? Searching Google Earth, of course. Check out the picture, which the boy took himself and appeared in his local paper.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on Verizon’s rollout of a cell phone based navigation next week.

VZNavigator is the company’s first LBS app and is expected to compete with in-vehicle systems. VZNavigator will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited use or $2.99 for use in one 24-hour period. At launch only the GPS enabled Motorola V325 phone will be supported.

The system will offer a menu of target addresses of 14 million places in the United States in its database, including restaurants, ATMs, hotels, police stations, hospitals, movie theaters and gas stations. No word on the technology or database behind the system.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A report in the Rolla Daily News highlights the uncertainty of USGS employees in Rolla awaiting the final decision on the planned move of the main mapping center to Denver. Many are cutting back on holiday spending while some ponder a $25,000 maximum buyout. The buyout means “the employees forgo their ability to work in federal government for five years.”

What is the status of the internal report on the process of choosing a location for the center?

USGS spokeswoman Barbara Wainman said the internal review is complete and has been submitted to Director Pat Leahy, who will review it and submit the findings to the Department of Interior. Wainman said the report was submitted on the Friday after Thanksgiving and Leahy has been traveling since that time.

Wainman insists USGS is not dragging its feet.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/07 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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