Google Acquires Jotspot, Inc. & Wiki Patent Application

The news this morning, posted at the Google Blog is that Google has acquired Jotspot. I’ve been working with Jotspot wikis for a couple of internal business uses, and really enjoy it. This was an excellent choice for Google, and the program provides a nice additional tool to go along with Google’s Docs and spreadsheets. … Read more Google Acquires Jotspot, Inc. & Wiki Patent Application

Microsoft Virtual Earth and Local Search Patent Applications

Microsoft’s Live Local (now Bing Maps) is powered by the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform (now Bing Maps for Enterprise). Five patent applications were published at the US Patent and Trademark Office this past week which detail aspects of how Microsoft’s Virtual Earth works, including roof-top overlays, virtual Earth images, real time driving information, user privacy, … Read more Microsoft Virtual Earth and Local Search Patent Applications

Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released

I’ve posted some pictures to Flickr, but I’ve never really paid much attention to the “interestingness” rankings the site uses. Interestingness and clustering were first used in August of last year, as announced by Stewart Butterfield on the Yahoo Search Blog and the Flickr blog. Blog posts about Flickr’s interestingness, and a February Flickr forum … Read more Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released