Time was, a good map was rolled out in captain’s quarters on a rolling sea or a king’s table far from the front. … Flash forward to the smartphone in your pocket, the apps all over, the future rushing at us, and we’ve got maps gone wild. Cartography on digital steroids. Maps loaded with terabytes of data. 3D maps. Maps you can zoom over, zoom into. Walk through. Now Google and Apple are squaring off over the next great map frontier. …
- Steven Levy, a senior writer at Wired magazine and author of In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives.
- Darin Jensen, a cartographer and Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.
- David Heyman, cartographer and co-founder of Axis Maps, a group that designs custom and interactive maps for the digital age.
To listen to the podcast, visit NPR’s On Point at The Next Generation Of Maps | On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
By Farhad Manjoo, Fast Company, October 19, 2011
Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.
Gilbert Wong, the mayor of Cupertino, California, calls his city council to order. “As you know, Cupertino is very famous for Apple Computer, and we’re very honored to have Mr. Steve Jobs come here tonight to give a special presentation,” the mayor says. “Mr. Jobs?” And there he is, in his black turtleneck and jeans, shuffling to the podium to the kind of uproarious applause absent from most city council meetings. It is a shock to see him here on ground level, a thin man amid other citizens, rather than on stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center with a larger-than-life projection screen behind him. He seems out of place, like a lion ambling through the mall. …
For full text of the article, visit The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company.
- Will There Be The Great Tech War Of 2012? [Lucas Wyrsch] (ecademy.com)
- Steve Jobs’s Legacy – And The Next Tech War (fastcompany.com)
by Bret Cohen, HL Chronicle of Data Protection, September 23, 2011
Summary: The trend towards dismissal for lack of standing in privacy cases where no concrete harm is alleged continues. On a motion to dismiss, a group of consolidated privacy lawsuits against Apple and others in the Northern District of California have been dismissed for lack of standing due to the absence of any allegation of concrete injury. The court rejected attempts to invent new damage theories and while leave to re-file was granted, the court made clear the high standards of pleading required for standing and also highlighted the other pleading defects in the case that would be disabling were the plaintiffs to try again. For full text of article, visit:
Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:
By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM
… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …
For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.
- 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand (informationweek.com)