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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

NAVTEQ’s (NVT) star seems to be rising again as the stock was up over 8% today after it made a presentation at Lehman Brother’s Wireless conference. Still off its 52-week high of $45 per share, the company’s recent acquisitions of and The Map Network may have given the analysts something to think about when it hears things like "a GPS in every phone" and "the number of vehicles offering nav systems is tripling." In other words, the market for map and map-related data is soaring and NAVTEQ is holding the keys to the kingdom. Plus, the message boards were ripe with rumors of a takeover. Although this is not new news, the possibility of NAVTEQ or Tele Atlas being acquired by someone like Microsoft, Yahoo, or Google offers a unique, and I would say, monopolistic move to dominate the opportunities of location-based services.

I would also suggest that a satellite data provider like GeoEye (GEOY), a company whose stock was up 5.5% today, is another takeover candidate by the aforementioned threesome. With Microsoft announcing new street level, 3D viewing features in VE, Yahoo creating its own mapping platform, and Google vying to get KML as an OGC standard, there is ample evidence that "maps" are a sustaining battleground in a Web 2.0 world. Therefore, is it a stretch to think that foundation data like streets and satellite imagery would not be on the acquisition list of the big three? In less than 12 months, we’ll have an answer.

by Joe Francica on 05/30 at 04:57 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From right here in my back yard comes newly renamed EveryScape, Inc., formerly Mok3 Inc. Based in Waltham, outsie Boston, the company plans to “create a virtual Internet experience of the entire world,” beginning of course with Boston and a few other cities. The idea, like many others is to offer up a virtual experinece (down to shop windows) that supports user generated content.

- Boston Globe

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I guess I’m jaded having seen the Northrop Grumman “touch table” a few times. Yesterday Microsoft announced its own version at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. It’s called Microsoft Surface. And per the PR it’s “the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology. Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, dynamic surface that provides effortless interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects.”

It should be out in public by year’s end. One plus: it should be cheaper, right?

- Mercury News Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Forget getting “pinged” by your cell phone about a local sale. How about getting “pinged” when you might be in position to hit a pedestrian? Or if you are the pedestrian, getting a warning about a nearby car?

That’s the goal of technology from OKI of Japan introduced in PC World. The company is developing technology for phones and cars using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology. The idea is to exchange location information between car and pedestrian in near real time.  Drivers would get a vocal warning from a GPS while pedestrians would get a “buzz” from their phone if the car is within 150 meters. When? Look for release in Japan by 2011.

- via Yahoo! Tech

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In my regular search for geotidbits today I tried something. I queried my news source for “GIS where 2.0.” I found two hits - FortiusOne’s PR about its launch at Where and a press release about the event which stated: “Where 2.0 Speakers Will Map Out the Future of the GIS Industry.” I’ll offer that at those covering the event, even bloggers, didn’t use the term GIS much in their discussions of neogeography. 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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