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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Discovr is the $2.99 app for the iPad, it’s an “interactive map of the world of music for iPad.”

- Mashable

“Find yourself and your friends’ location on Google Maps Guestbook with the new Facebook app Where are my friends? The app was created by Luke Korth, a student at Cornell College studying” comp sci. It uses your IP address for location. The coverage in PC World regarding GIS is odd: “It also takes your IP address (but does not store it) to determine your location using GIS (Geographic Information Systems).” and ““Where Are My Friends?” uses the Google Gears API to find your location, but due to the nature of GIS, it does not always get the location perfectly right for residential connections.”

- PC World

“LinkedIn Launches Tool to Visualize Your Business Network‎” InMaps is from LinkedIn itself.

- Mashable

“Yobongo Launches Location-Based Chat App for iPhone” Right now it’s “invite only.”

- Mashable

Foursquare says it grew 3400% in 2010‎.

- LA Times Blog sourcing Foursquare Blog

Value of Foursquare? “Analysts have valued location-based social networking service Foursquare at US$250 million dollars, indicating exponential growth for the firm.”

- InformationWeek

How many users in Foursquare? 6 Million.

- Mobile Marketing Watch

Why didn’t Foursquare sell out? “We are not done.”

- VentureBeat

Trapster, recently acquired by NAVTEQ, had its servers hacked, potentially leaking millions of e-mails/passwords.

- GPS Biz News and company blog post

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/25 at 09:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Looking to stem objections to its planned network launch, LightSquared said it would fully cooperate on “rigorous” testing procedures to ensure that its plans to offer both satellite/terrestrial and terrestrial-only wireless services do not interfere with GPS offerings.

In a letter to the FCC the company said it would test its product to insure compatibility. The NTIA had raised concerns earlier this month about the new products interfering with navigation and emergency response networks (E911).

- RCR Wireless

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/25 at 09:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Former GeoEye spokesperson and now the executive director of the GeoEye Foundation Mark Brender and Directions Media Editor in Chief Joe Francica are featured in an Al Jazeera video on satellite imagery use in the media. The story focuses on demonstrations in Tunisia whereby Tunisian bloggers were posting news about the Ben Ali government via Google Earth.

- Directions Magazine Featured Video

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/25 at 09:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you were not able to attend the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India last week, we offer this list of our comprehensive coverage including news reports, interviews, videos and podcasts:

Video: Jill Smith, CEO of DigitalGlobe, Positions Company for Growth in the Commercial Satellite Industry

Editor in chief Joe Francica interviews Jill Smith, CEO of DigitalGlobe, to understand her view of the challenges to growth of the commercial satellite industry. The interview was conducted at the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India.

Video: Interview with Ola Rollѐn, CEO and President, Hexagon AB

Editor in chief Joe Francica interviews Ola Rollѐn, CEO of Hexagon AB, the parent company of geospatial companies that include Intergraph, ERDAS and Leica Geosystems. Rollѐn discusses how Hexagon is leveraging the portfolio of companies that he manages to broaden the scope of geospatial data management.

Video: Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resources, Science & Technology Expands Vision of Geospatial Data, Education for India

Kapil Sibal, the Honorable Minister for Human Resources Development, Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Communications and Information Technology addressed the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India on January 18, 2011 as the keynote speaker of the conference.

Podcast: Interview with Joel Campbell, President of ERDAS on “The Google Effect” and the Growth of Remote Sensing

Editor in chief Joe Francica interviews Joel Campbell, president of ERDAS, a GIS veteran and they spoke about the growth of the remote sensing business and the drivers of change within this industry.

Podcast: Interview with Terry Moloney, PCI Geomatics CEO, on Driving Image Processing Standards

In this podcast, editor in chief Joe Francica speaks with PCI Geomatics’ CEO Terry Moloney about the new initiatives of PCI in India, OGC standards for image processing, PCI’s relationship with Rolta, and the life of the late Dr. Robert Moses, PCI founder.

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by Joe Francica on 01/25 at 08:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This was all over the Web yesterday: a map of bad language use on Twitter. But two headlines that noted the isopleth map was a “satellite map” were awesome. More awesome? One commenter at the Daily Mail knows his maps!

Nothing to do with “satellite”... any map, even a hand drawn one could have been used. The image is computer generated based on “Twitter” messages. The Hotspots just match the populated areas as empty fields don’t twitter much.
- Crazy News, UK, 24/1/2011 21:46

- Daily Mail

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/25 at 07:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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