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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At last week’s Where 2.0 held in Burlingame, California, Google’s John Hanke and ESRI’s Jack Dangermond shared the stage to describe their updated vision for making ESRI’s user’s geodata and services more usable across the Web. Our editors describe the key points in this technological and business handshake and explore its implications.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 01:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s nearly here, or so says Planet 9, the well-known creator of 3D city models. RayGun is GPS navigation and social networking application, now in 2D and soon to be in 3D.

With RayGun, you can create an avatar to represent yourself, and move around in the application. You can also share routes, text chat, share photos and video, and even talk to each your friends over VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

It won’t be a product you can buy; the company hopes to license it phone suppliers and carriers for their products.

- Venture Beat

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Leslie Rule covers location issues at MediaShift’s Idea Lab (a PBS property) and attended Where 2.0. I thought she offered a valuable take on the event:

One of the few content folks I met during the 3 days asked me if I thought there was any There (a la Gertrude Stein) in Where.

My opinion? Yes, but not yet. And, not because of the tools, or the products and services, but because folks like their devices and these devices are connecting them ever more deeply to their place. It’s There when the content comes.

She also point to some of the “in actual use” products shown at the event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A jury has found Sprint Nextel infringed on two patents owned by California intellectual property holding company Enovsys LLC. The decision, made Friday, but announced on Monday awarded Enovsys past damages of $2.78 million.

The patents in question relate not to determining position, but rather to a privacy system that protects the location information between user and carrier. The size of the award may have been impacted by testimony that “Sprint Nextel is the market leader in the growing field of location services and saw a 50% increase in related revenues in 2007 over the prior year.”

Inventors Mundi Fomukong and Denzil Chesney hold the patents, the first patent was applied for in 1997. Fomukong owns the IP holding company. I suspect as LBS makes and more money, more suits will be filed.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 06:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The parking mess started when residents of Essex County complained to the local council about a dangerous corner. The council determined one way to enhance safety was to limit parking in the area. So, contractors were dispatched to paint the road to show the “no parking” condition. But, they read the map wrong and put the lines on the wrong side of road. They were however clever enough to paint around the cars already parked there.

The explanation?

And when one man confronted the contractors painting the lines, he found them reading the map upside down.

- Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 06:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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