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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Not all Foursquare campaigns are hits. A rundown of five efforts notes two “tepid” efforts with little return.

- ClickZ

Apple’s Maps application on the Chinese iPhone 4 will only show government-approved maps, unlike previous models.

- InformationWeek

MapQuest now offers an Atlas. It’s “an online encyclopedia-like service for educators and students, as well as for the use by the general public.”

- MapQuest Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/28 at 12:36 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A provision in a Senate defense bill (the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, drafted in May) restricts new imagery purchase contracts after 2010 unless the satellites have 1.5-meter telescopes. In a Sept. 21 White House statement, the administration stated its objections to such a restriction.

- Space.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/28 at 07:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thom Litts, who specializes in geographic information systems for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Litts along with colleauge Adam Kaeser is developing a new sonar scanning technique for mapping river and stream beds. The low cost system can help resource managers identify where mussels and fish spend their time and breed.

- Macon.com

Riverina Citrus has secured $160,000 in funding from Horticultural Australia Limited (HAL) for a satellite farm mapping project. The company will pay half the costs of mapping. The citrus industry is undergoing significant change in Australia with a focus on exports and water and other environmental challenges.

- Fresh Plaza

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has learned that you can predict a lot about soil salinity from remotely sensed data (MODIS) and if the land in question is in the set aside program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federal program that sets aside marginally productive land for conservation purposes. Researches studied areas in North Dakota and Minnesota.

- The Prairie Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/28 at 07:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In conjunction with the launch of the new U.S. teacher resource, http://teach.gov, the Bing team is excited to present our own Teach Here map app. Teach Here presents a veteran or potential teacher with a simple way to search for teacher prep programs, state teaching certification offices, school district headquarters, and local teaching jobs.

- Bing Blog

Bing Maps for iOS 1.3 is out.

New in version 1.3 of Bing is a flight and travel deals search engine that predicts whether travel prices for your destination will increase or decrease in the near future. The “nearby” feature lets you know about hot places near your location by employing the iPhone’s geo-location capabilities. Bing’s map feature has also been enhanced with new pop ups that display over the maps, providing info on traffic, business listings, and more. Finally, Microsoft added neighborhood labels to make it easier to find certain locations.

- MacWorld
- Bing Blog

The Seattle Times has an interview with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer as he prepped for today’s annual company meeting. Among his comments when asked how they keep moving ahead in search: “Our maps are better…”

- Seattle Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/28 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Intermap has gone a bit dark of late. Now that the company is done with its NextMaps terrain datasets for Europe and the US, it’s changing its stripes a bit.

“With NEXTMap completed, Intermap has been undergoing the transition from an engineering and production company to a streamlined customer- and market-driven organization,” said Howard Nellor, Intermap’s interim CEO. “Today’s changes are part of this transition as we focus on the federal and civil government, national mapping programs, defense and intelligence mapping, insurance and risk management, telecommunication, the automotive industry, and cloud-based web services.”

That also means a 17% headcount cut and other changes, bringing expenses down about 9% annually. The headcount now is 571 worldwide.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/28 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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