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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aired a story tonight on LBS, covering topics such as privacy.  One interesting comparison was drawn between applications that use the mobile network to ping devices in a server-server transaction scenario which is often interpreted as invasive technology vs. other handset-based applications that publish location to servers where information is then distributed to web pages and other devices.  The later is more prone to hacks I agree, but user identity with these is often abstracted through aliasing and users must initiate to publish so it’s not at all invasive.  With GPS in more and more devices these days, I wonder if the future of location data access will increasingly become available independent of carriers… 

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 08:58 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Dale posts MyOutdoors.net, a Google Maps mashup site for posting routes, photos, etc., is up for sale for $10,000. The site, of which I’d not heard until yesterday, encourages users to “Map your outdoor activities. Journal your progress. Attach Photos. Share it all with friends and family.” The post about the sale on the MyOutdoors.net blog went up on Tuesday, some five days after My Maps hit. While the brothers selling it note they just don’t have time, I have to wonder if its value to them/anyone changed last Wednesday night.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 11:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Placebase jumped into the Web 2.0 mapping fray a few years back with a different model - one much more condusive to commercial mapping solutions than some of the other players with APIs. (1, 2) The platform, if you recall, is called PushPin.

Next week at our Location Intelligence Conference, the company makes another leap, this time in data licensing models. On Monday, the company will announce and release Pushpin Collections (don’t confuse it with Microsoft’s method for saving geo data of interest) which allows developers to license on a per transation basis data from Claritas, ESRI, Navteq without upfront costs or integration challenges. Among the data available to mashup that’s not normally available: real estate lot outlines (parcels), school districts, block groups. The cost, depending on the data provider, can start from just $.02/transaction with discounts for volume users.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 09:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Even as some (Ogle Earth for one) ponder the place of Google’s Darfur layers to Google Earth, The Wall Street Journal (free article) profiles AlertMap, a real time disaster mashup. The site, which has been noted on many journo blogs, is run by a Budapest-based nongovernmental organization on a limited budget.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The a 27-hour-long “Developer Day” is planned for May 31 in ten Google offices worldwide. Among the topics are working with Maps, Earth, SketchUp, AJAX… If you can’t attend, no worries: “The Mountain View event will be carried live via webcast, with the other events shown via a dedicated channel on Google’s YouTube video site.”

- PC Advisor

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/11 at 07:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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