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Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over

by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Business Insider SAI,July 22, 2011

Elevation Partners and Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who is also a rock musician, gave an amazing talk recently where he goes over some of the biggest trends affecting the technology industry. … More specifically, a few big themes:

  • Microsoft is toast because we’re moving to a post-PC era;
  • HTML5, the new web standard that allows to make interactive web pages, is going to revolutionize the media and advertising industries;
  • Social is “done”, it’s now a feature, don’t go do a social startup. …

For full text of the article, visit Facebook Investor Roger McNamee Explains Why Social Is Over.

Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner? – NYTimes.com

Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner?

By RYAN KIM of GigaOm, NYT, January 26, 2011

Despite reports that location-based services are far from mainstream, new research by Microsoft suggests the technology is gaining adoption and may be poised to follow in the footsteps of the ATM, which took some time to dispel safety concerns on its way to being universally used. In an online survey of 1,500 people around the world last month, 51 percent report having used a location-based service including 50 percent in the U.S. That’s considerably higher than what the Pew Research Center found when it reported in November that only 7 percent of online U.S. adults use location-based services regularly. …

For full text of the article, click on Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner? – NYTimes.com.

Microsoft Privacy Survey: LBS Returns Do Not Outweigh Risks – All Points Blog

Microsoft Privacy Survey: LBS Returns Do Not Outweigh Risks – All Points Blog.

Source: Directions Magazine, January 27, 2011.

The survey of 1500 residents last December in United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Canada was conducted as part of Microsoft’s participation in its annual Data Privacy Day this year to be held on Friday.

– Less than 20% of users had ever used a service that tells others where they are, or to find the location of other people.
– Only 27% of US users say they’d pay for any location-based service — even GPS-based services that let users find themselves and nearby businesses on a map. The number was lower in other countries, dropping to 16% in Canada.

… For full text of article, click here.


Privacy Implications of Ubiquitous Sensors

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Privacy Implications of Ubiquitous Sensors

By Byron Acohido, USA TODAY and the Last Watchdog blog, 26 Jan 2011

Odds are you will be monitored today — many times over. Surveillance cameras at airports, subways, banks and other public venues are not the only devices tracking you. Inexpensive, ever-watchful digital sensors are now ubiquitous. They are in laptop webcams, video-game motion sensors, smartphone cameras, utility meters, passports and employee ID cards. Step out your front door and you could be captured in a high-resolution photograph taken from the air or street by Google or Microsoft, as they update their respective mapping services. Drive down a city thoroughfare, cross a toll bridge, or park at certain shopping malls and your license plate will be recorded and time-stamped. …

For full text of the article, click here.


Online Privacy and the Mobile Web

Online Privacy and the Mobiel Web

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, January 18, 2011

Online advertisers and marketers are using increasingly sophisticated tools to track us, especially on our cell phones. But most consumers are unaware of the many ways Internet traffic is being analyzed and interpreted. We examine new debates about privacy on the Web, and learn about data collection over smart phone apps.


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Australian Spatial Council Releases Online Map Guidelines

Victorian Spatial Council Releases online map guidelines

Source: Spatial Source, November 23, 2010

The Victorian (Australia) Spatial Council has released a set of guidelines for organisations on the use of geospatial data from Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps. Both Google Maps and Microsoft Bing Maps offer free and commercial licensing arrangements. Many organisations, including government agencies, are using spatial information from the free services to support their operations and the council strongly encourages potential users to consult the terms and conditions prior to making a decision on whether and how to use such information. … The council has also provided an easily accessible summary of the terms and conditions of using both Google maps and Bing maps.

For full text of the article, click here.

Directions Magazine Discusses Three Geo-Related Lawsuits

Podcast: Exploring Three Geo-related Lawsuits

By Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg
March 10, 2009

This week we look at several lawsuits within the geospatial community that have made news in the past few weeks. While we are not legal experts or lawyers, we will explore what they may “really” be about. Microsoft is suing TomTom; the Borings of Pennsylvania are going after Google once again and Pictometry and GEOSPAN continue to duke it out about patents.

For full text and link to podcast, visit Directions Magazine: http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=3064


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