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Friday, December 10, 2010

That’s the word from the blog:

We are about to roll out our new Brightkite Android application that includes some exciting new features, notably the ability for Brightkite to be your default text messaging app – handling ALL your messaging from one app, saving you money with free texting while giving you many more capabilities than regular texting:

- Groups
- Photos
- Location sharing
+ More!

For the first time this will be a Brightkite app without check-in, posting or stream viewing functionality. Starting from 17th December, you can expect to see the check-in/posting and streams functions start to disappear from our apps and sites. These features were the defining element to our company 2 and 3 years ago, but we no longer believe they are sufficiently unique or defining to be our focus, so we are dropping them.

Cool, they are killing what was their cash cow, just like they say you should! There are details on how to grab your historical checkins and messages in the post. Most commenters are NOT happy.

Cash cow ref: “Kill your cash cow or someone will do it for you.” I first heard that when Burrus spoke at Autodesk U years ago. I bought his book and still refer to it now and again. Thanks Autodesk.

- Brightkite blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 01:19 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TeleCommunication Systems Inc (NASDAQ:TSYS) secured yet another patent for geolocation related to their SMS technology. According to the press release, "U.S. Patent No. 7,805,483 "Apparatus and Method for Associating Geospatial Location to Content on a Network" provides the ability to associate specific geospatial locations with virtual content on the Internet." And further, "The invention allows virtual use of location-aware content to associate graffiti, chat-room messages, blogs and other forms of online content with a particular location. It provides for a presence list for a Modified Presence Information Data Format-Location Object for use in tying MIME type virtual content to a geospatial location, and for tagging the location with graphical and/or descriptive information relating to the location."

by Joe Francica on 12/10 at 08:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is establishing a Center of Competence for optronics and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Ostensibly, the move is to capture high resolution remote sensing imagery to support South African industry.

-Engineering News

by Joe Francica on 12/10 at 08:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

V2 is now available for developers. It comes about a year after the first version.

What’s new?

- dropped support for XML
- updated to OAuth2
- new endpoints for fetching user badges, venue histories, and venue popularity

- Foursquare blog
- Mashable

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/10 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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