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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

In a surprising twist (for those in the press anyway) Google actually put out a press release about the new version of Google Earth and updates to Google Maps in connection with its Google’s first Geo Developer Day (not apparently in conjunction with Where 2.0). The event falls just a year after the Google Earth launch. Hard to believe it’s been just a year, eh? Most of the time news dribbles out from the company blogs and reaches mainstream media via the general tech pubs from CNET and Ziff Davis. The big things from my perspective:

Maps - API supports geododing, support for KML, fee-based service for commercial/internal use

Earth - new interface, udpated data (coming soon to Earth), Linux support and localization

Telcontar’s CEO dropped an e-mail (and a PR) this morning saying the company is changing its name to deCarta. The release explains why having “Cart” in the name makes sense. I had no idea, not being a Tolkein fan where the original name came from, and applaud the company’s choice of a more accessible name.

Galdos piled on announcing new funding yesterday. I guess that company’s upcoming event (GeoWeb) wasn’t the right place to announce money news?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, June 12, 2006

Chris DiBona from Google posted the news on Slashdot. Chris DiBona is an open source program manager for Google. Quite fitting then that GEv4 features Linux support.

“It features 3D textured buildings, some neat UI updates, better internationalization and, with this release, a native Linux version is available for download as well.”

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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/12 at 07:49 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

that there is lots of hype about Where 2.0 (which begins on Tuesday) in blogs and elsewhere this week, but that no one is talking about Intergraph’s event (which begins on Monday). A tip of the hat to GeoMullah for remembering! Joe Francica will be attending Where 2.0 on our behalf.

Update: Ok, I got a head of the press. The Huntsville Times (the company’s local paper) noted the event and this:

Last week, Intergraph shares reached a new 52-week low, dipping to $32.17 during trading Friday before closing at $32.35. That’s down from a 52-week high of nearly $52 last December.

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

Everyone loves to point out how new mapping tools on the Web are raising awareness of GIS, mapping and related technologies. So, I was disappointed to find only a few of the many articles on the new corridor map being presented to the Western Governors Association included a URL to actually view the map!

One winner was the Salt Lake Tribune which inlcuded the URL, alas at the very end of its its detailed coverage. The AP articles (example from a TV news website) I found either didn’t include the URL or it was clipped from the original by those who published it.

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

If you want to keep your GIS record up-to-date, pull out your Jack Dangermond card and add one more honorary degree. To his current list of a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and six honorary doctorates” he’s (Press Enterprise, free registration required) getting an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health.

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