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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Apparently, an unsavory pair has been visiting gas stations, stealing atlases, and then trying to return them to other unsuspecting stations as defective. The atlases, including some from Midwest Map, run between $25 and $50. One suspect has been identified and law enforcement has been requested to put out a scam alert.

Via GMToday.com (Greater Milwaukee)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Greg Sterling posting at Search Engine Journal tipped me off to a new mapping function appearing in Gmail. Turns out, messages that come in with addresses have a link on right titled “Map This.” It’s near the sponsored links, reports Sterling. He points to this page for Google’s explanation (no human reads your mail!).

Sterling makes a good point that putting something of value “over there” draws more attention to the ads “over there.”

I guess once we all griped about the autolinks appearing magically by default on webpages when the Google Toolbar was installed, Google pushed that functionality over to GMail.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The contest, officially, the Wacky Warning Label Contest, is in its ninth year and attempts to show how fear of lawsuits is making for some “wacky” labels. Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, or M-LAW sponsors the event.

Third place went to a Coloradan who found ” a cocktail napkin printed with a map of the waters around Hilton Head, S.C.” The lable: “Not to be used for navigation.”

First prize went to a label stating: “Do not use this tool as a hair dryer.” It was on a heat gun/pain remover that reaches 1000 degrees. Good advice.

Via Townhall.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our last poll asked about how visitor interact with map mashups. Pretty mixed bag from the 46 respondents:

28% build them.
17% use them.
26% know what they are.
28% don’t know what they are.

Our new poll asks about Microsoft’s acquisition of GeoTango before Christmas. Vote on the lower right hand side of the main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I heard about a new podcast search tool from Poynter.org called podzinger.com. It uses voice recognition from BBN Technologies.

With it I found some new (to me) GIS related podcasts:

Tim Hibbard talks about “”Where’s Tim?”, GPS technologies, where we see the future of GPS going, and Web 2.0 APIs.” on Podcaststudio.net.

IT Conversations offers John Hanke of Google and Robert DeNaro of NAVTEQ from last year’s Where 2.0.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 09:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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