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Monday, November 08, 2010

Google has asked BatchGeo to discontinue its online tool for extracting geocoded coordinates in bulk. It’s based on Google’s API. BatchGeo’s use of Google code breaks the Google terms of service. A Google Product Manager (Google Maps API) explains it has to do with Google’s data providers. “Google does not own the majority of the data on which the Maps API is built. It is licensed from third party companies who make a business of collecting and selling that data.”

BatchGeo Blog via @kelsosCorner

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The researchers analyzed GPS data of 33,000 Beijing taxis in hopes of finding faster driving routes that would even be practical for people who don’t drive at taxi speed or swerve recklessly between lanes. “These factors are very subtle and difficult to incorporate into existing routing engines,” says Yu Zheng, a researcher at Microsoft Research Asia. Zheng is an author on the paper describing the approach, called T-Drive, which is being presented this week at the International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, in San Jose, California.

The outcome: a 16% decrease in time of travel, about 5 minutes for each 30 minutes driven and does not include real time inputs for traffic and weather.

- Tech Review

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mentaway automatically compiles checkins from Foursquare, Twitter, Flickr and Posterous and turns them into pins on a personalized travel map.

- TechCrunch

Everything PR give big kudos to TargetMap a new Spanish mapping app.

- Everything PR

The NYTimes tackles the latest Pew study on LBS (APB coverage) in its Week in Review. Bottom line:

Meanwhile, the upside of the [LBS] transaction is unclear to many people, said Melissa Parrish, an analyst at Forrester Research. None of the efforts so far have reached the “sweet spot of coolness and utility” that will get people to share their data, she said.

Josh Williams, a founder of Gowalla, agreed, describing the way that location-based services are pitched as “nerdy and often off-putting.”

- NY Times

Want a historical look at place? You can have it via LookBackMaps on your desktop or cell phone.

LookBackMaps offers a way to link the history and the present of a particular location. By geo-coding historical photographs, the project allows us to easily see what a place used to be like when we visit it today.

- RWW

Maptimize API: The Maptimize API allows users to upload their map data to their Maptimize account. Maptimize optimizes Google Maps by merging groups of markers as clusters to reduce the amount of visible items on screen. That keep it much lighter to load and better for the viewer. The API uses RESTful protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

- ProgrammableWeb

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The risk of lead poisoning in children was four times higher than the average for those living in Rhode Island’s poorest neighborhoods, a Brown University study revealed. In the worst identified census blocks nearly 50% of children had lead poisoning. The Brown University study will help guide clean up funds.

- press release

A recent study of the distribution of the sickle cell gene globally suggest that it’s typically found in historically high levels of malaria. The this finding supports the hypothesis that the gene which can mean death continues to be “selected for” because it provides protection against malaria.

- press release

The Montreal police department, with a new chief Marc Parent, has shelved a project that would have put GPS tracking bracelets on people with Alzheimer’s disease. The effort was begun after two women wandered and were found dead in the snow.

- Montreal Gazette

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The WSJ has an interesting profile the Bing Maps architect Blase Agüera y Arcas. Among other things we learn his Dad is Catalan and Mom is American. They met on a Kibbutz.

- WSJ

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 12:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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