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Monday, January 29, 2007

The Age reports that a last minute restiction from Sydney air traffic control changed the flight path of Google planes and thus meant some of the large displays created for the big flyover of Sydney didn’t get captured for future input into Google Maps/Earth.

As for Microsoft:

(According to Microsoft, a flight they sponsored for an official Australia Day event obtained permission to fly over Centennial Park at 11.20am on Friday and photographed people below who had formed themselves into a map of Australia. The flight was flying at an altitude of 2500m.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google has recruited Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) spin-off technology firm Cybercity based in Zurich “to help develop its popular interactive map service Google Earth. Cybercity is utilising its skills to put detailed facades on blank buildings on the internet program.”

NZZ Online

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 07:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“...what makes location based services so appealing as a business proposition is the fact that they can be marketed to consumers as a need, not just a want.”

Business 2.0‘s take on LBS
is on the money. The article compares services to car seats and the like. The finding of movies and sales and weather is just an add-on.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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The new office, which lives inside the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is called the Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (AGI) office and aims to be a home for those “who create the new intel products.” It’s headed by director Mike Geggus, an Air Force veteran and former science applications specialist. So what’s this group do, really?

But AGI supplements the commercial tools to weave together the collective intelligence of many specialists over the years, and move the output of customized algorithms into systems that add dimensions to NGA’s remote-sensing data.


The commercial tools are just the ones you imagine - from ESRI, Intergraph, Leica et. al.

- GCN.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Shop around. If the difference between a $60 book and an $80 book is a nice map, students would rather buy the cheap book and Google a map.”

- Alison Kieler, for the editorial board of the University Daily Kansan, detailing how professors can lessen the cost of college textbooks for students.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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