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Friday, September 30, 2011

He's now Gary Lang senior vice president of engineering at MarkLogic. Geospatial folks knew him for his work with Autodesk Geospatial and the early days of OSGeo.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 05:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

PocketGPS World reports:

Nokia will be closing down it's [sic] NAVTEQ mapping and location based services (LBS) operations in Bonn, Germany and Malvern, USA with an expected loss of 1,300 jobs in those divisions. Business operations will consolidate in the Berlin, Boston and Chicago offices.

- PocketGPS World

More at PC World

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 05:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There's no press release on the chip maker's deal with Telmap, a white label provider of LBS service. It was infomally noted a few days ago by Intel in its coverage of the AppUp Elements event (never heard of it until today!).

As part of the keynote, we announced that we have signed an agreement to acquire Telmap, a leading company in navigation and location-based services, search and content. Telmap will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel. This move is a step towards expanding our mobile software services capabilities as Intel continues to grow in the area of software and services. We are all very excited to have such knowledgeable and respected experts join the company.  
 
From a consumer perspective, Telmap helps bring to life our vision for integrated, uniform experiences across consumer devices. Telmap has a tremendous amount of expertise around end-to-end mobile local search, mapping and navigation services. Telmap delivers great multi-platform consumer experiences every day, and we’re looking forward to combining that focus and excellence with Intel’s to significantly grow their business . But Telmap isn’t just a great consumer service provider – with Telmap we can directly provide developers with location-based services spanning devices, operating systems and CPU architectures. This is a significant step towards the Intel AppUp services vision we spoke about yesterday.
 
Telmap will allow us to provide AppUp developers with great, differentiated location capabilities in the form of a standard set of location-based APIs and software that developers can easily integrate into their AppUp apps.
These new cross-platform location capabilities will allow developers to not just retain their users but delight them via in-app and in-experience location features that they just can’t really do today.
 
New advanced capabilities with just a few lines of code: and who doesn’t like that?

Telmap CEO Oren Nissim explains the acquisiton from his perspective:

  • Intel was the main suitor with discussions going back to Mobile World Congress in February
  • It's a fit because of Intel's push into mobile (including acquiring Wind River)
  • Intel's new AppUp app ecosystem (developers, partners, store) will be a great channel

- Hexas

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 04:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“I am absolutely confident the FCC will approve it,” Ahuja said in an interview with The [NY] Post ...  

- NY Post

LightSquared again is helping prop up the newspaper industry by paying for a statement to all Americans about it vision. The releases are titled, for example, "Open Letter to New Yorkers from LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja." I've seen several states swapped in where "New York" is.

- press release (again not on LightSquared website so not yet published by Directions Media) 

In other news, a LightSquared press release (not yet on the LightSquared website, so we have not yet published it) highlights how Iowa Senator Grassley is on the company's side regarding the availability of a fix. The statement reads in part:

We're gratified that Senator Grassley has recognized something that the GPS industry has denied for months. The industry tried to say that there was no technical or engineering fix to the interference problem. 

Did Grassley say there is a fix? It seems LightSquared thought so, but Grassley has denied it.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says he has not taken a position on whether there is a technical fix to LightSquared's GPS problems, but simply wants the FCC to tell him whether the taxpayers will be footing the bill. He also warned the company not to use him to further their arguments.

- Broadcasting Cable

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 04:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The study (which I can't yet find!) by geographer Nigel Waters of George Mason focused only on Kansas and concluded:

"There are 67 locations that are proposed for closure -- exactly half of the 134 proposed closures -- that were identified by the location allocation analysis as sites that should remain open," the study, filed Monday, states.

But it gets worse in terms of the number of closures, if you look at what he sees as possible with further analysis:

He went on to say the GIS software "could provide a better solution that had less of an impact on the population and allowed for more closures than those proposed by the post office. These solutions were better in terms of the service provided to the residents of Kansas."

- Hays Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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