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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Group Commerce, a New York City-based company that sells a software platform to let publishers host their own daily deal applications, has acquired geo-location startup Socialight.

Socialight was just over a year old; no terms were disclosed. APB coverage of Socialight: 1, 2

- GigaOm

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 04:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wow was almost exactly a year ago when we were all agog about a new Facebook announcement about location? It didn't go over that well here at Directions Media (APB coverage). And, now word from Facebook it didn't work out as planned.

When Facebook announced a host of new tools and features earlier Tuesday, the company revealed that it would be integrating location-based data into the broader Facebook experience. As a side effect of this, Facebook is killing off the dedicated Places location-based feature within its mobile apps.

What this means is that you will no longer be able to simply check-in directly to a location on Facebook. Instead, you can add your location to a status update, while tagging any of your friends who may be with you. You can also add your location to photos.

Scribbal continues by noting Facebook is conceding defeat to Foursquare. Frankly, I think it's a good move. Location is part of other things, not always THE thing. 

- Scribbal

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The BBC has rolled out the first edition of its crowdsourced 2G/3G map. There were 44,000+ people who downloaded the app that collected data for the map. The Register does some analysis and suggests for the most part the map matches those from carriers, but is "optimistic" in some areas.

- The Register

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 03:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Young people in Buffalo are mapping their neighborhoods to see if they are conducive to walking, riding bikes and if they are safe. It's part of the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The national program aimed at fighting childhood obesity. Buffalo is one of 50 communities participating. They collect data via GPS-enabled cell phone pictures and note comments on a clipboard. Those will go into a GIS. One interesting aspect: their comments and perspectives will be addd; this is not just quantitative data.

- Bufallo News

Malaria rates of U.S. military personnel born in western Africa were 44 times greater than rates for soldiers born in the U.S., according to a new study.

The highest malaria rates were found in service members from nations such as Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, said Ellen Wertheimer, an epidemiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) in Silver Spring, Md., and colleagues.

Notably, the infections were most likely linked to the soldiers' personal visits to their homelands and not a result of where they were deployed or on official assignment, the investigators wrote in the September issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Moreover, those who were infected were not sent to areas for deployment that have endemic maralia. The theory is that those from homeland with malaria endemic do not know they should take prophylactic medications and may not do so.

- MedPage Today

Another feature added in GI Monitor's latest release is the ability to connect with Foursquare, the leader in location-based check-ins.  Once connected, GI Monitor users can view their Foursquare check-ins through daily logs and interactive charts to make correlations between symptoms and locations.  Edward Shin, MD, Co-Founder of WellApps, notes, "Health doesn't just happen in the doctor's office.   Symptoms occur everywhere and both patients and physicians need to understand the impact of location.  Foursquare recognizes the importance of location in consumer health and allows us to make these potential correlations in a fun and engaging way."  Foursquare's Platform Evangelist, Akshay Patil, adds, "Layering health information onto real-world actions is an incredibly powerful combination.  We're super excited that WellApps is empowering people to do this."

The app is aimed at those with ITB and (IBD) Inflammatory Bowel Disease aka Crohn's and Colitis. I've got two friends who live with these diseases. Both are marathon runners. I'm curious as to their thoughts on if such an app would be helpful.

- press release

Reports of mosquito bites are up in the UK making the health agency concerned about malaria.

The Health Protection Agency (UK) has organised the Mosquito Recording Scheme to look into where and how mosquitoes live and breed.

And the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, with help from the HPA, has created Mosquito Watch, a voluntary reporting system geared towards collecting and analysing various specimens.

- BBC News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A study, prepared by Brattle Group economist Coleman Bazelon, commissioned by LightSquared, found that blocking LightSquared's network would create new uncertainty in wireless spectrum regulation. That in turn would decrease the value of wireless spectrum. Jeff Carlisle, vice president of public policy and regulatory affairs for LightSquared, continued to argue the fault lies in the GPS industry and that his company has offered funds for research for a solution. The report was unveiled at meeting for reporters. I suggested some time ago this was going to argued in the press.

- The Hill

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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