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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peter Kafka liveblogged AOL CEO Tim Armstrong’s final pitch on spinning out AOL from Time Warner (now complete) to the crowd at the annual UBS (UBS AG) Media and Communications Conference in New York. This is from his article, but he notes it’s paraphrased.

Q: Whither MapQuest?

A: MapQuest is still Top 20 search term. It has a large market share. The technology has not been focused on in a number of years. We’re changing that. Partners are inquiring about MapQuest, and I think what we’ll do is an operational partnership with them. We feel like its a “very, very valuable property.”

- All Things D

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Office of Management and Budget will require agencies to document how they could use cloud computing platforms for major technology projects for fiscal 2012 and they’ll need to defend why they’d not use it.

- Federal News Radio

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 08:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Some hackers managed to get the “US only” free turn by turn directions to work in Europe, apparently on European data. That’s a no-no so far as I understand since it’d have to work against data not licensed for that use. So, Google has “blocked” access to the app outside U.S. boundaries. (I wonder how they do that?)

- IntoMobile

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 07:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google Maps 3.3 for Android includes “What’s Nearby” and some labs features as well as the ability to report errors.

Google Maps for mobile 3.3 also allows users to report problems with the program directly from the handset. This can include a location having a wrong phone number associated with it or a misspelled street name, and users can send a notification to Google with a few clicks. Users can also receive an e-mail to see when the issue is resolved.

- InformationWeek
- Google Lat Long Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 07:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

[Kyle] McGonagle, [member of the Plymouth State, NH’s winning Geography Bowl team] 22, calls himself “a trivia nerd.”

In fact, his favorite way to describe geography is “a major in trivia.”

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If all else fails, they [team members] could perhaps make their life’s earnings on Jeopardy.

- From Karen Lovett’s coverage of the New England St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) World Geography Bowl in the Merrimack Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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