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Google

+ - Google Buying Geotagging site Panoramio->

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gavinpquinn
gavinpquinn writes "Google is at it again, purchasing Panoramio, a geo-tagging service for photographs. They have had a partnership with Google Earth for the past year and have seen tremendous growth since then. Google has finally agreed to purchase Panoramio for an undisclosed amount. How will this affect competition — http://www.flagr.com/ http://www.flickr.com/maps/, and http://www.grapheety.com/ ? Google announced recently they were looking to do more M & A in the Geotagging area looking for high quality teams of people."
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Google

+ - Google releases new maps competitor

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gavinpquinn
gavinpquinn writes "I can't believe no one posted this yet. Google released a new mapping feature for creating your own custom maps with pictures and movies (Picasso). This will probably compete with http://flickr.com/map.

Although I think the new application is mysteriously similar to http://www.grapheety.com. Noting the public/private, ability to add pictures, movies, etc.

Looks like the Geoblogging area is really starting to heat up."
The Internet

+ - How do you waste time at work?

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gavinpquinn
gavinpquinn writes "What are the best games to waste time at work? They have to be quick, easy to hide, and take a LOT of time. I like the treasure hunts on Grapheety personally. A map where they put real treasures on it with clues, and you just find a prize. My buddy won an iPod already. I was really close. But what else have people done? I think 90% of people have a little extra time, and there's only so much news you can read."
Microsoft

+ - Have you had your ideas stolen by Microsoft?

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gavinpquinn
gavinpquinn writes "Microsoft is doing so much development, you often wonder when they come out with a new concept, have they stolen it from another startup without the deep pockets for advertising?

Could Apple, Google, and all the big players be doing the same thing? What are the rights of these start-ups that may not have patents or patent attorneys and 10 billion dollar advertising budget? Microsoft just recently launched this application on MSN http://fordedge.msn.com/Experience.aspx?GT1=8938. Essentially a way to tag a map with peoples own content. However, this looks surprisingly like http://grapheety.com! A site that is a startup but has the exact same concept.

I just wonder how many other people have seen this same thing?"

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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