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Thursday, December 15, 2005

I guess the latest from Frost and Sullivan regarding the growth of LBS next year is real. Red Herring notes it as one of the Top Ten Trends for 2006 in the latest issue. Wireless broadband is the only other one noted in the tease article on the website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/15 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Gary Price at Search Engine Watch shares a reasonable rumor: Google may be acquiring Opera, the hot, well-liked, mobile friendly browser. No confirmation yet, but I certainly believe it could be true.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 03:37 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Verizon Wireless has finally announced its location-based service (LBS) and will be called VZNavigator, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The service will deliver basic driving directions to wireless mobile phones. The cost of the service will be $9.95 for unlimited monthly service or $2.99 for service during any 24-hour period. The service will be available on GPS equipped phones only, which is now limited to Motorola’s V325.

by Joe Francica on 12/14 at 01:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan, according to the Wall Street Journal. The case centers on the use of 2000 census data for a 2003 redistricting plan that Texas Democrats claim to be unconstitutional. The high court will review four issues central to the complaint:

  1. Did Texas violate the one person, one vote rule?
  2. Is mid-decade redistricting valid now since no current data accounts for population mobility (When Texas completed a new 2004 redistricting map Georgia did as well and other states may now consider updating congressional district maps)?
  3. Does the Texas map violate the Voting Rights Act?
  4. Gerrymanding: Should partisan politics enter into the redistricting process?
Oral arguments to the court will heard on March 1, 2006. Directions Magazine recently covered the issue of redistricing and the political process in an article by Dr. Ben Forest of Dartmouth College.
by Joe Francica on 12/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

SmartMobs explains that ” engineers at University College London,a Berkshire firm called Innovision, a group in France,another in Greece,an airport in Hungary and a few others” want to put tags in boarding passes and use sensors in the airport to help track down those who check baggage but fail to get on the plane. At first I thought this was silly – those folks should miss the plane! Then I recalled that the bags and people must match in these post 9/11 times and not having the folks on board would mean delaying the flight to get the baggage removed. So, maybe this is a good idea after all. The whole story is in the Guardian.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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