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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

——— update below; original post 7:30 am EDT————

The plan: a Dec 4 bid of 2.3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in cash for Tele Atlas. That’s the day the TomTom bid expires. That’s 15% more than the Tele Atlas bid. European stocks loved the idea - sending TA up nearly 14% in morning trading. TomTom was down nearly 12%.
- MarketWatch

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 03:39 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

U.S. Air Force assets were used to capture aerial photos of the regions impacted by the southern California wildfires. The images were taken on Oct. 26 and were released by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for viewing on their website.

by Joe Francica on 10/31 at 02:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Market awareness of location-bases services is driving a high adoption rate for applications on mobile devices. Of the $118 million in revenue that downloadable mobile applications such as LBS, weather applications, chat/community, and personal organization tools generated during Q2 2007, LBS represented 51 percent. Networks In Motion (NIM), an LBS navigation publisher for products including Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator—secured a 27 percent share of carrier revenue from mobile applications and leads all mobile application publishers. Unlike buying an "off-board" navigation system like a Garmin or TomTom, "leasing" your navigation system from a carrier who uses a solution from NIM or others compares quite favorably in cost. In addition, the smaller form factor for a phone versus a wider screen navigation device provides some additional convenience. Editor-in-chief Joe Francica spoke with Steven Andler, Director of Marketing for NIM to get his take on why LBS applications are attracting such a large percentage of the growth in downloadable mobile applications.

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by Joe Francica on 10/31 at 04:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The article highlights the importance of the company joining OGC, but does not mention Microsoft was a member in the past. That makes this comment give me pause.

OGC Chairman and chief executive officer David Schell told GCN that Microsoft’s decision to join OGC represents a major change in the industry. In its early years, OGC was supported primarily by developers of geospatial tools for vertical markets, such as ESRI and Autodesk. The recent addition of Google and now Microsoft represents a sea change, according to Schell.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 08:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A proposal from renowned Australian drug researcher, Michael Ashenden at a conference yesterday suggests that elite athletes wear tracking devices so anti-doping authorities can find them and test them for doping. Now athletes must report their whereabouts to authorities. If they can’t be contacted for three days they are marked as failing the drug test. Groups representing athletes were not too pleased.

- Sydney Morning Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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