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Monday, November 07, 2005

Frank Taylor notes at Google Earth Blog that the newest beta of Google Earth Plus and Pro include a toggle to turn off advertising. Apparently, that toggle is not available in the free version. His conclusion, which sounds right to me, ads are coming!

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 01:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

DigitalGlobe’s current CEO, Herb Satterlee will stay on as chairman while Jill Smith takes over his position. She comes from a website performance tracking company based outside Boston. The story in the Rocky Mountain Times suggests this realigment may be done in preparation for an initial public offering.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a conference call last week CEO Mark Cattini said as much. Reports the Albany Times Union: “Cattini said his company has added features to its MapInfo Professional software that allow customers to access Google’s map data. He stressed in an interview after the conference call that Google is not a competitor and uses its maps primarily to drive people to the Google Web site.”

Another valuable tidbit from the call: MapInfo has 900 employees worldwide now and expects that number to perhaps increase by 20% next year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: 11/8 The Associated Press who reported the offered a clarification today: “The story should have made clear that the GPS function isn’t available yet.”

Google today announced a downloadable tool to enhance the use of Google Maps on mobile phones. It cuts steps by doing things like using GPS, if available, to determine your location. The USA Today version of the story is here. It’s not so great, according to this review from the Mercury News.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 06:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GITA’s online convention has been online since October 1. It runs until December 31, so you still have time to visit. I spoke with someone today who said they’d registered, but not yet attended. I seriously wondered if they actually would attend. That’s one of the challenges with online 24x7 access, you never get around to going. (GITA reported in a press release that 650 people had registered in the first month. No word on how many converted to attendees.) For a real conference you have to get on a plane (or in your car or on the train) to actually “go there” and then are hopefully “not so” distracted by work at home that you attend sessions, visit with vendors, etc. Sitting at your computer its very easy to be distracted by e-mail, the latest project, games, gossip, etc.

I did attend the conference since one of my colleagues “hoped” I’d “join.” I was disappointed that I could not hear the four speakers. I twiddled with my sound tools on the computer but could barely hear any of them. I was also disappointed that only two of the four speakers providing slides. Perhaps their talks didn’t need slides; I couldn’t tell. New speakers will be introduced on November 15. I hope the sound issues are tamed by then. I also found the booths disappointing. Basically, they were links to the companies’ websites. There was nothing to draw me to those websites, no lures of information or the ability to speak with representatives. Real show floor booths, I like to think, lure attendees in with promises of information (and trinkets) and ultimately allow conversations with knowledgeable staffers.

I had one other challenge. Once I registered I could not find the URL for the actual event – only the place where you register! For those with the same problem, the event is online here.

I do give GITA credit for trying new ways to educate and inform and carry out its mission. I think there’s still some maturation of the online conference vision to come.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 06:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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