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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I got a media alert about new 3D data for NYC and other U.S. cities. Media alerts are supposed to tell the media that something’s going to happen, but these days most outfits publishes them as press releases.

Microsoft® Live Search Maps will today begin offering three-dimensional, photo-realistic views of New York City buildings and landscapes, with perspectives that few people — apart from Superman — have ever seen. The free online service will provide a unique look at many of New York’s iconic locations, along with local listings, ratings and reviews and driving directions to help people easily find, discover, plan and share relevant location information that is important to them on the Web.

In addition, Microsoft will launch 3-D cityscapes of the following:

• Austin, Texas
• Cape Coral, Fla.
• Cincinnati, Ohio
• Indianapolis, Ind., including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• Northampton, England
• Ottawa
• Savannah, Ga.
• Tampa, Fla.
New maps will appear throughout the day on May 29.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 09:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Barron’s is reporting (brief only; subscription required) that Sybase may be making a play to acquire Openwave. The report also cites that Oracle may be undergoing due diligence as well but neither Sybase nor Oracle is commenting. Openwave’s largest shareholder, Harbinger Capital has offered to buy additional shares in the company bringing its total stake to 62%. Openwave has risen nearly $1 per share, about 12%, in the last week.

by Joe Francica on 05/29 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Taipai Times is reporting that Taiwan GPS chipmakers MiTAC, GlobalSat Technology, and RoyalTek are experiencing strong growth. Each has seen their stock jump in recent days. The new report cites that MiTAC, which acquired the U.S.-based Navman brand in March for $16 Million, will ship 8 million GPS chips this year; 50% of that shipment will be for Mio and Navman products. Meanwhile, U.S.-based SiRF has seen its stock price sink by 24% since early April.

by Joe Francica on 05/29 at 08:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, VA reports that a new proposal for the city’s downtown streets includes making two of them one way. Residents panned it for that reason. The goal of the change was to increase parking spots in preparation for the closing of a local parking lot.

The manager of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and its developers, offered more reasons to avoid such a change.

The hotel developers have said that making Charlotte one-way would make it harder for out-of-town guests to find the hotel.

He also mentioned that with more one-way streets, there’s a higher probability that Google and MapQuest will give faulty directions to downtown locations. That, he said, could put a damper on a tourist’s experience.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 06:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TechniGraphics, a mapmaker for the U.S. Department of Defense, was ready to move its Fort Collins employees to Ohio, its headquarters. But with help from the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp., the company got a deal to stay put in the city, but with larger office space. One of the motivating factors: TechniGraphics offers “‘primary jobs’ - or those that pay well.”

- The Coloradoan

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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