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Monday, July 10, 2006

C|net reports that Yahoo is enhancing its Trip Planner tool, a travel app launched in beta in October of last year. The enhancements include the ability to share a travelogue and map of the journey with friends. That certainly fits with the popularity of social networking and user created mapping content.
Per early coverage in Macworld, there’s also:

a world map with icons that each link to a user-contributed trip plan for that location. Zooming in reveals more travel plan icons in a particular region, and moving the cursor over an icon brings a pop-up window with some information on the plan. Clicking on that window brings up the full plan itself.

What is maybe more interesting is that the microsite is being sponsored by MasterCard. Is that a model that might work for other types of sites that include mapping? Could, for example, the PrimalQuest site get a sponsor for its mapping next year? Or might others get sponsors for “custom” mashups to enhance an event or even a shopping site?

Update: The press release is out. By the way, there’s a contest attached to the launch!

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Autodesk hit a new 52 week low last week. The value of the low was $31.72. The 52 week high was $48.27. The change that brouht it this low was -1.70 (-5.09%). Some have tried to connect the slowdown with the slowing construction market, at least here in the states.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Harford County, Maryland public school system will be opening what may be the first U.S. magnet school focussing on homeland security (Baltimore Sun). The school will prepare high school students for further study and careers in disaster response, high-level computer science and law enforcement. Among the topics in the curriculum are “public safety, border control, religious ideology, geospatial technology, cybersecurity, and threat identification.”

The location at Joppatowne High School, along with a limited security clearance, will hopefully allow students to participate as interns at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The program is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007 and is funded by $200,000 state grant. Other magnet programs are available in the county and of course, should this prove successful, it may be copied around the nation.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

On Friday Vice Adm. Robert Murrett “officially took charge at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)” as he took the reigns from retiring retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper Jr.

Who is Murrett? He was commander of the Atlantic Intelligence Command, director for intelligence for the Joint Forces Command and vice director for intelligence on the Joint Staff. His bachelor’s degree is in history from Buffalo and his master’s degrees is in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The prototype GIOVE-A satellite, a testing ground for the Galileo GNSS has been broadcasting a signal since January. But no one could use it, save the few privileged organizations involved in the project. Some of Galileo’s signal are supposed to be “open source,” but none on GIOVE-A are.

So, members of Cornell’s Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory got to work (with the OK of the university’s lawyers) and de-coded the “so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes.” That reports the Cornell Chronicle Online, “means free access for consumers who use navigation devices—including handheld receivers and systems installed in vehicles—that need PRNs to listen to satellites.”

The Cornell team documented how it did the deed in GPS World.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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