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Thursday, December 15, 2005

In Wisconsin the idea is to use geocaches to help visitors (and locals) explore the state. An AP article notes, “John Kuehl, the eBusiness director for Wisconsin’s Department of Tourism, wants communities to nominate local sites of beauty or historical significance. The state will then list the sites online by their GPS coordinates.” But of course law enforcement has to look out for those hidden packages, one of which prompted a visit by a bomb squad. A geocache hidden up in Maine at Acadia National Park by a friend of mine was removed. A nice call from a ranger explained it had the qualities of a planned event, something not allowed under park rules.

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

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
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