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Twitter Acquires Geolocation Service Mixer Labs: Plans to Enhance Its Geotagging API December 25, 2009

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geoapi_logo_dec09.jpgTwitter just announced that it has acquired Mixer Labs, the company behind GeoAPI.com. GeoAPI is a service that allows developers to easily add geolocation data to their apps. Twitter just launched its own geotagging API a few weeks ago. Even though a number of mobile and desktop Twitter apps like Seesmic Web and Birdfeed support Twitter’s geotagging API, only a very small number of users are currently making use of this feature.

According to Twitter founder Ev Williams, the company “will be looking at how to integrate the work Mixer Labs has done with the Twitter API in useful ways that give developers behind geo-enabled apps like Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro and other powerful new possibilities.”

geo_api.jpgIt’s important to note that the Mixer Labs GeoAPI is not tied to Twitter. GeoAPI offers tools like a reverse geocoder that can take GPS coordinates and turn them into human readable information and a service that can find media files and status updates related to a specific place on Flickr, Twitter or YouTube. Mixer Labs also offers an iPhone SDK. Judging from Twitter’s announcement, the GeoAPI will continue to work while Twitter figures out how to best integrate its current geotagging API with Mixer Labs’ GeoAPI.

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Picasa 3.5 adds face recognition September 24, 2009

Posted by andre in Internet & Communities, Multimedia.
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Picasa 3.5, the latest version of Google’s free photo software, has just been slapped up online for download. That extra 0.5 on the end adds a great new feature, face recognition, just like iLife 09, but there’s a lots more besides.

Mug recognition skills have been available on the online version of Picasa for a while, but now the tech’s been baked into the Picasa 3.5 desktop app for PC and Mac.

When you fire up Picasa 3.5, it’ll begin scanning all your snaps and gathering up groups of similar looking people for you to add a name to, and if you do it while signed into Google, you can connect your contact too for auto-complete zippiness. You can also download your web Picasa name tags to speed things up.

Once you’ve done that, it’ll tag new shots with that guy or gal automatically, and even let you filter for snaps with the same two people in.

That’s not all Picasa 3.5 does, as there’s now integrated Google Maps for geotagging without the need to run Google Earth at the same time, plus an improved tag pane and import processes.

Picasa 3.5 is out now to download, and for any iLife 09 owners worrying about duplication, don’t worry, it won’t mess with your iPhoto library.

via Picasa 3.5 adds face recognition | Electricpig

Twitter API getting location data August 21, 2009

Posted by andre in Internet & Communities, Programming.
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https://i1.wp.com/a0.twimg.com/a/1250809294/images/twitter_logo_header.pngBiz Stone from Twitter has announced that the service will soon get a new feature in its API: the capability to optionally put geolocation data into tweets.

Currently, geo-focused apps like Foursquare must hack location data into updates by linking them to Web pages. Once Twitter lets developers embed geo into tweets themselves, a new and interesting world for developers will likely open up.

As Stone says in his post, “For example, with accurate, tweet-level location data you could switch from reading the tweets of accounts you follow to reading tweets from anyone in your neighborhood or city–whether you follow them or not. It’s easy to imagine how this might be interesting at an event like a concert or even something more dramatic like an earthquake.”

By having the geodata available only to developers, though, and not via the general Twitter.com user interface, the company may also shift the economics of Twitter a bit. If geodata in tweets can only be written and read by apps and third-party Web services, those services will become even more valuable, possibly kicking off yet another round of Twitter client battles. […]

via Twitter API getting location data | Rafe’s Radar – CNET News