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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Web.com filed a suit against Intel at the end of March after recieving a letter from Intergraph lawyers alleging it breached patents on Pentium systems it sold. The company feels that Intel should “indemnify, defend and hold it harmless” from any Integraph patent infringement claim. The Intergraph Intel agreement granted Intel a license, but apparently not Web.com and others. Thus, they eventually can be sued.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 11:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Llive Science has a map animation of a pandemic moving across the U.S. The model offers insight into how quickly a pandemic like avian flew [flu] might move. The model starts in Los Angeles and within 90 days spreads to all corners.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 11:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 03, 2006

“Although he sometimes takes a ribbing for working in the ‘Department of Pretty Pictures,’ [Marlborough, Massachusetts’ GIS Administrator Nathaniel] Bowen said GIS maps can show how information relates to other data.”

Metrowest Daily News article on GIS in Massachusetts towns.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/03 at 07:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today at LI we are hosting workshops by the big and no big players in LI/geospatial. The buzz seems to be about the upgrade of Google Maps API from version 1 to 2. Alongside that is a slight change in licensing titled “Friendlier Terms” by Brett Taylor in the Official Google Maps API blog. Google has “upped” the magic number of transactions beyond which one much “contact them” to 500,000 and promises to give 90 days notice before ads appear.

These are two issues which come up from time to time for developers, so it’ll be interesting to see if these changes appease them. If not, there are quite a few other players here who want to talk about terms of use and licensing.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/03 at 04:14 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Directions Magazine contributer Atanas sent on an AP story he saw on the main Yahoo News page about Pictometry. Some of it is the regular “rah rah” story. But I found these tidbits of interest:

The privately held company, based in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta, employs 105 people, is profitable and boasts a perennial doubling of sales that could top $100 million by 2008. Courted by the likes of   Bill Gates, it has been showered with calls from Wall Street this year about its potential plans to go public.

Hmm - go public. When’s the last time an image acquisition company went public? I can’t think of one off hand.

The partnership gave the world’s largest software maker a distinct edge in a newly evolving “visual GPS” category of online mapping. Google Earth’s three-dimensional maps, by contrast, rely on elongated satellite images.

Visual GPS? I don’t think that’s Microsoft’s buzzword and I’ve never heard it from Pictometry. Maybe the AP is making up geospatial buzzwords?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 12:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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