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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Foursquare Everywhere, announced earlier this year, puts Foursquare content on Bing Maps. It's now available. And, CEO Dennis Crowley said the company will put some energy into using people's future location rather than their current one in future features per GigaOM.

Fwix updated its API to allow developers to to pull in names, locations and web content about places.

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allen reported at the event (and on O'Reilly Radar) that iPads and 3G iPhones have stored their locations in an internal, unencrypted file. No word from Apple on why. The FCC and Congress are already on the war path against Apple per Politico.

Google announced Google Earth Builder, a cloud platform for storage and data "grooming" accessible via Google Earth clients. Joe Francica attended the press event and has details at Directions Magazine.

Loopt introduced Qs, its play at real-time, local micro-reviews, and polls. (press release)

UScapeIt, from Everyscape, is an app to produce and share panoramas using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad 2 — and it's free per the Boston Globe.

Microsoft announced Read/Write World hosted by Bing and introduced on the Bing Maps Blog

 Informally, it’s the magic of:

  • Seeing your photos automatically connected to others;
  • Being able to simply create immersive experiences from your or your friends photos, videos, and panoramas;
  • “Fixing” the world, when the official imagery of your street is out of date;
  • Visually mapping your business, your favorite park, or your real estate for everyone to see;
  • Understanding the emergent information from the density and tagging of media.

SimpleGeo announced on its blog the licensing of its Places database:

Today we’d like to announce that we’re making the data in our Places product public using the Creative Commons Zero, or “No Copyright”.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 01:24 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Western Illinois Construction Management Association (WICMA) is teaming up with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center on Western Illinois University's Macomb campus this semester to gain hands-on experience while helping to preserve The Brickyard, a national historic landmark in Colchester.]

The article describes how the construction students (it's a student run organization) will participate; it's not clear at all how the GIS center folks are contributing.

[U Colorado, Colorado Springs] Ryan Hollamby, a graduate student in the Geography department, was recently named Student Employee of the Year. In honor of this award, Hollamby received a plaque and a $200 stipend from the school. He was also entered in the state competition and won Student Employee of the Year for the state of Colorado, from which he received an additional $50 stipend.
His actual job, through the psychology department is with the state corrections department; he uses "GIS to analyze, track and understand offender movement."
This from the team at Geothentic (I wrote about this tech while it was in development back in Dec 2010):
Geothentic has completed it's beta testing phase and is ready for use in your classroom! There are three modules online and ready for delivery to your students: San Francisco (identifying the ideal location for building a hospital in the bay area), Climate Change (identifying the top areas of the world most affected by climate change), and Avian Flu (identifying the top areas of the world most affected by Avian Flu). Get your students involved in using authentic geospatial technologies to solve these questions, and more!
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 10:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Save the date: Oct 29-30, 2011 at Microsoft NERD, Cambridge, MA

- Details

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 10:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


The Virtual Conference opened today, April 20th, 2011 and ran "live" from 8am PST to 2pm PST. There were some live presentations, some pre-recorded webcasts, including some in Spanish. The conference will be accessible on-demand until July 20, 2011 so don't rush out to catch the end today. Registration is available here.

I was interested to visit the event as much to see the "state of the art" for virtual events as to learn about the latest in geospatial at Autodesk. The state of the art is not so different from what I've seen the last few years. There's an auditorium where "live" presentation are run, but the schedule does not indicate what is live "now" so can't just "walk in" and listen for a few minutes. In fact. I thought I was going to see something live, since the title of section on the agenda said "live" but in fact it was a replay. And, presentations scheduled for later in the day have a "view now" option that lead to a "sorry" page. At least those pages do let you know when the session will start within your time zone. I'm disappointed the UI does not yet make clear what's live, what was recorded today and what is from months ago.

When you log in with credentials you get an "e-mail account" at the event. I got an e-mail soon after arriving which certainly soured my visit: 

Hi, I am attaching my Curriculum Vitae for you consideration
Eng. xxxx

The content I viewed was not engaging. The session "Better Infrastructure Planning Innovations with AutoCAD Map 3D" teased about addressing issues that keep users up at night, but the extended list of functionality on slides didn't address how to alleviate that sleeplessness. I could find no way to access the any Q&A that was included, if there was one. Comments on Twitter asked for more video over slides. Others were frustrated with the tech difficulties.

The Exhibit Hall includes pavilions for Brasil, Latin America, Autodesk Subscriptions and Autodesk "verticals": (1) AEC, plant and government (2) AutoCAD and Platform Solutions (3) Product Design and Manufacturing and (4) Media and Entertainment. These days GIS/geospatial is with AEC etc. I visited the "chats" for government and infrastructure. The former was mostly in Spanish and the latter was mostly about the tech difficulties with the live presentations first thing this morning. All of the presentations will be available for on-demand viewing within a few minutes of their conclusion per the Autodesk reps.

About 3000 people online with me at 2:30 EDT today. Our names were sorted alphabetically by first name in the "networking" area. 

The tech behind the event is from INXPO.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 09:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Terms were not disclosed but insiders, per Mass High Tech, put the deal at about $135 million. Here are the key points from a TechCrunch recap:

  • Where offers a variety of LBS apps and has a deal offering, WhereBuys built from the acquisition of Local Ginger, last year. The apps run on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry with about 4 million users monthly. Where's LBS ad platform supports more than 120,000 retailers.
  • Where will run under the PayPal division and PayPal will be integrated into Where’s mobile app as a payments mechanism for its local deals.
  • E-bay may be acquiring the company in part for its patent portfolio, including a key LBS/geofencing patent granted last year.
  • Where began using its products name only in 2010; until then it was known as uLocate.

My Take:

This is an indication generic LBS offerings are maxing out and the big players are looking to acquire their location technology staff while it's still small and inexpensive. That's why Apple jumped on Placebase and Groupon grabbed faltering Pelago just yesterday. Look for other big name and lesser LBS companies to be acquired before the economy fully turns around.

- PayPal Blog

- Mass High Tech

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 06:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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