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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I received an e-mail today from Jim Brady, CEO of Earthcomber to let me know that the case had been settled. Zagat Survey is licensing Earthcomber’s patent for use on the iPhone, Android platform and in-car GPS units.

- official statement (pdf)

—- original post 3/11/10——

River Forest, Illiinois-based “Earthcomber LLC claims Zagat Survey LLC is violating its patent for “System and method for providing location-based information to mobile customers” with its “ZAGAT TO GO ‘09” mobile application, which determines the location of users based on satellites and notifies them of nearby restaurant locations….”

The patent is System and method for providing location-based information to mobile consumers.

Earthcomber walked away from a suit against Loopt and TechCrunch in 2009.

- River Forest Leaves

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 03:14 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Because we are getting lots of questions regarding where to download the software, I share this from the ESRI PR on the release dated today:

In the United States, maintenance contacts will receive information by e-mail on how they can download ArcGIS 10 for their organization. They may also contact Esri Customer Service at 888-377-4575; outside the United States, customers should contact their local Esri office.

- press release

—- original post 6/10/10—-

“ESRI says ArcGIS 10 available for partner download on 6/21/2010, public download on 6/28/2010…”

- @MT_AppGeo (at ESRI-Boston [Danvers] at an ESRI Developer Network Event)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 03:06 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ProgrammableWeb, an on-line directory of over 2,000 open web APIs that I for one visit regularly because of its great coverage of mapping APIs has been acquired by communications player Alcatel-Lucent. The plan it to link te site and data with the company’s own Open API Service, a directory of APIs for telecommunications network functions. The real goal: to encourage developers, the group that are really driving mobile phone sales and the underlying networks.

- PC World

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 08:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In June the Office of Management and Budget got two initiatives up and running. One is a “Do Not Pay List” which is exactly what it appears to be: a list of people and if they are entitled to payment. If you are dead, you are not, for example. The other is a map-based fraud identification tool developed by ESRI. From the OMB blog:

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB) has deployed a cutting-edge fraud mapping tool that leverages the latest technologies in data capture and analytics to identify potential fraud and error. As frequent readers of this blog will know, I am a huge fan of data and am really impressed by this tool. It gathers enormous quantities of information – in real time – and then analyzes the data and helps connect the dots to identify indicators of possible fraud or error.

The RATB has pioneered and refined the tool, and today, we are starting to roll it out for use across government. We are doing it first at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a natural place to start since Medicare and Medicaid combined had about $65 billion in improper payments in FY 2009 – including about $47 billion in Medicare alone. This will help to meet the President’s goal of cutting the improper payment rate in Medicare in half by 2012.

- Fierce Health IT
- OMB Blog
- Fact Sheet on the Fraud Mapping Tool (pdf)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“The navigation device maker has said the change will better position it to challenge for dominance of the GPS-equipped device market in Europe, where it trails Dutch rival TomTom. Garmin is the market leader for North America.”

- Kansas City Biz Journal


—- original post 6/28/10——

Garmin used to be incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Today the company announced it’s moved that incorporation to Switzerland. I suspect the change has to do with money.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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