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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Perhaps this was overshadowed at Where, but now Yahoo Maps can be used for most commercial apps, something restricted (or at least you need an “exception”) in the past.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Not sure this is a big deal, but I know how much we like touch tables:

A PhD candidate working at Mitsubishi rigged that company’s touch table (not the Northrup Grumman one you saw at ESRI) to run Google Earth.

via Search Engine Watch blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve yet to find any geo journalists/bloggers writing from this week’s Intergraph event, but the local paper sent a reporter who noted Halsey Wise’s discussion of the circus and Colin Powell’s keynote.

Said Wise: “We’re reinventing the circus.” That’s in reference to how Cirque de Soliel created a new kind of circus by removing stale bits of traditional circus.

Said Powell: “Don’t remove the human element. What you’re doing is informing the instinct for the human being. ” That’s suggesting that technology can’t operate on its own.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 07:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This time its Skyhook who wants developers to build on its Wi-Fi Positioning System platform. The winner in the June 15 - Sept 15 contest gets a Segway. (Gee, I guess an iPod or a trip to Where is not a big enough draw. Do people still want Segways?) Anyway, I for one am BORED BORED BORED of these contests. Can marketing folks think of another way to advertise for developers? Maybe I should run a contest?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/14 at 06:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I spoke breifly to Di-Ann Eisnor, founder of Platial.com about her business model for Platial. Platial allows you to annotate a Google Map with annecdotes and information about a particular location. Eisnor’s goal now is to push adoption of her company’s concept and platform to encourage social networking using a map metaphor for very localized information. She hopes to encourage local organizations like retail associations to help promote her service to small, local businesses. It is basically an advertising model but there is still a huge question about how much a small local business would spend for limited exposure. But it’s not stopping Kleiner Perkins Caufield, Omidyar Network, and Jack Dangermond from becoming angel investors.

by Joe Francica on 06/14 at 01:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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