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Thursday, September 29, 2005

The forthcoming book from O’Reilly will cover the now widely used API and get even more people involved with Web 2.0. It’s under development by Schuyler Erle and Rich Gibson, two of the authors of Mapping Hacks and is expected in January 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google announced Wednesday that it will build a research center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California and collaborate with the agency. While on the outside it’s a “memorandum of understanding” and NASA officials touting the agencies need for more tools to manage its data, from a geospatial perspective, the value may lie in data, as well as technology. Says an article from the Mercury News, “Google will also gain access to NASA’s space data and imagery. Google already uses satellite imagery in its Google Maps service and for its Google Earth software. Google could enhance the imagery with data about temperatures or crop patterns, said Peter Norvig, director of search quality at Google.” I thought most of that data was in the public domain?

Update 9/30: Some are accusing Google of trying to avoid taxes by building on federal land.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CSI Wireless Inc. issued a financial warning Wednesday, saying it will lose $5.5 million in the current quarter on less than half of last year’s revenues. Down are sales of its agricultural GPS products and there’s been a challenge finalizing deals to sell its desktop cellular phones. I always wanted to believe there’d be money in mapping for agriculture, but it’s a tough business.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Garmin’s GPS navigation systems will be rentable in Thrifty cars beginning later this year. Recall that Garmin teamed with Yao Ming for its latest ad campaign. Part of the message: such tools are not only for the rich. Thrifty certainly is not the Hertz of rental cars…

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 07:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It turns out that the source region of a wine is the single most important factor in selecting a wine. That’s the word from “the newly founded Center for Wine Origins” based on a survey of Americans. There are no details of nature or size of the survey, but the director of the center says, “This survey showed that 57 percent of Americans believe where a wine comes from is one of the single most important issues in choosing a wine.” Moreover, the center will begin a “three-year ‘location matters’ campaign, which will include a host of high-profile consumer education initiatives, a national advertising campaign, and a series of retail and consumer tasting events across the country.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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