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Friday, November 10, 2006

Computerworld explores the new document which ships with its location aware software called Privacy Observant Location System (POLS). The idea is to protect those whose phones, PDAs and other devices might be tracked.

The new policy is an addition to its Eclipse Public Licence, which is used for POLS. The policy states “that vendors must inform the end-user what information is recorded and how long it is stored, and it requires developers to include opt-out capability so users can change those settings,” per John Miller, the privacy and security policy manager of Intel’s corporate technology group.

Will the policy matter? Analysts say so few people use LBS-type apps now it won’t matter much. And, of course, if licensees fail to follow the policy, there will be no impact. Intel, for its part, is working to get such language into standard open source licenses.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/10 at 08:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Seattle Times looks at GroundSpeak the company behind geocaching.com. Think they are getting rich? Unlikely.

His [Jeremy Irish’s] company, Groundspeak, employs 12 and has 500,000 registered users. He charges $30 a year for membership access to detailed, interactive maps that help gamers navigate rough terrain and rivers. The closely held company is profitable, though Irish said he isn’t getting rich.

The article discusses how sometimes geocachers get into trouble putting caches on private land, but also alludes to its growth.

Irish said he isn’t worried about outdoor purists curbing the game’s growth. Every January he doubles his computer-storage capacity as people receive that new handheld Christmas present.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/10 at 08:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Talk of the Nation Science Friday (Ira Flatow) will explore John Snow and his cholera map. There's a lot of fact and fiction around that map that every young geographer studies. The guest is Steven Johnson whose new book The Ghost Map explores the topic.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/10 at 08:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Forbes looks at the Microsoft/Google race and offers this tidbit about VE3D’s future:

Fifteen cities already are searchable online. Microsoft will drop ads into the maps on computer-generated billboards. You’ll be able to type “Starbucks (nasdaq: SBUX - news - people )” on your mobile while standing in San Francisco’s Union Square and get a 3-D map guiding you to the nearest one. Microsoft acquired some of this technology in May when it bought videogame ad-broker Massive Entertainment.


While we keep looking at the mapping, we need to remember that the money comes from the advertising, not the mapping per se.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/10 at 08:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The URISA event (3rd annual, participation of 300) was http://www.caymannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000080/008001.htm”>covered by Caymen Net News. I appeciated this statement by the reporter.

One of the promising outcomes from the meeting was that the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon Perry Christie pledged to report on the conference and share his enthusiasm for GIS to Caribbean leaders at a CARICOM meeting in the near future.

Clearly, we are still in mode for this level of personal networking, especially by country leader.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/10 at 07:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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