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Thursday, August 16, 2012

APB noted on July 31 that sklobbler's ForeverMap 2, built on OpenStreetMap, would be the first mapping app on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Now word from Skyhook that it will be powering the locating for ForeverMap 2. 

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 06:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Adrian Holovaty, the man behind the successful Knight News Challenge grant funded EveryBlock is moving on. The site, of which he is appropriately proud offers hyperlocal data on everything from crime to restaurant sanitation issues, was acquired by MSNBC.COM in 2009. Holovaty also created the early Google Maps mashup Chicagocrime.org and co-created the Web application framework Django.

While the EveryBlock open source code hasn't been used much, the ideas of open data and the mapping platform he created have been a resource for many other people and businesses.

Holovaty has not indicated what he'll do next, just that he's ready for the next thing.

- Poynter.org

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 05:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
Kirk, Picard, Janeway or Sisko? I don’t understand this question. I had to ask my co-worker.  I grew up playing with maps, not watching TV.
- Weilie Yi, principal scientist at location analytics startup Placed, quoted in an interview with Geekwire.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today, Google Maps has public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide, in nearly 500 cities including New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney.

Also noteworthy are updates to Google Maps for Android including displaying the outline of a post code or city boundary when it is searched.

This announcement is being addressed as part of the continuing battle between Google and Apple over maps. I for one wonder if more people use public transportation because of this feature or similar ones in apps.

- Google Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 04:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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