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Gate Keepers, Digital Gazetteers and Folksonomies – Part Two – Mike Dobson, Exploring Local

Who provides authoritative cartographic information now that the Mapping world has moved online? TeleAtlas and Navteq are primarily interested in selling navigation services and thus only focusing on gathering navigation information in countries with significant transportation infrastructure. Who will fill the gap in providing reference mapping for all the other types of map information traditionally collected particularly in the less developed world?

Google Wins Street View Privacy Lawsuit – Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Google (NSDQ: GOOG) for invasion of privacy, vindicating the company’s Google Maps Street View image-collection practices.

Last May, Google filed a motion to dismiss the case that disputed the Borings’ privacy claim, questioned the Boring’s claim of mental suffering, and chided the couple for seeking to protect their privacy without taking steps to make their public court filings private.

“Plaintiffs have drawn the public eye upon themselves and the view of their home they claim is private,” Google’s motion states. “Plaintiffs did not seek to file their Complaint under seal, they unnecessarily included their street address in the Complaint, and they did not ask Google to remove the images of their property before they filed suit.

HTC Android Vodafone ‘Magic’ Is Better than G1 – Greg Sterling, Local Mobile

The G2 is sleeker and more polished. Do we have an iPhone challenger yet?

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