This week we look at two news items connected at least superficially by reliance on crowdsourced geospatial data. Platial, one of the early players to offer a simple way to customize Google Maps, announced it was ceasing operations. Microsoft announced a contract with Navizon, a company that crowdsources the data collection of Wi-Fi access points. Why did small but clever Platial not make it? Why is Microsoft turning to small, less familiar Navizon and crowdsourcing over a well-known player like Skyhook?
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The Directions on Google Technology Channel captures a variety of news about Google Map and Earth. It includes content from Directions Magazine, All Points Blog and other sources. Below are some Google stories you might have missed.