That's one of the geo-stories discussed over Slashdot over the weekend, If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy. We mentioned China's restriction on foreigner mapping since 2007.
Their summary: "China has accused Coca Cola of espionage for its 'illegal mapping,' allegedly with the use of GPS 'devices with ultra high sensitivity.' On its face the case looks like yet another example of China's aggressive sensitivity about its maps, no doubt heightened by its ongoing fracas with the U.S. over cyberwar. Li Pengde, deputy director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, said during a radio interview on Tuesday that the Coca Cola case was only one of 21 similar cases involving companies using GPS devices in Yunnan to 'illegally obtain classified information.' According to Chinese authorities, geographical data can be used by guided missiles to strike key military facilities — a concern that one GPS expert says is overblown at a time when the U.S. government already has high-precision satellite maps of China. Nevertheless, Chinese law dictates that foreigners, be they companies or individuals, are prohibited from using highly-sensitive GPS equipment in China."
Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
From official sources:
From other sources:
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. As we can see by the lower number of stories shared recently, a lot of people are on holidays.
From the open source front:
From the Esri front:
From the Google front:
From the Microsoft front:
In the miscellaneous category:
In the maps category:
Smart Planet reports that:
The [U.S.] National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is attempting to determine the most “effective and efficient options” to digitize “large volumes of high resolution photographic imagery”
This imagery is satellite based and was captured on film then released to Earth as little care packages.
From the article: "Satellites with earth-facing cameras have been around for many decades, and were orbiting well before digital photography came of age. Before the digital transmission of photos was an option, spy satellites–like the KH-1/2/3/4 “Corona” or KH-6 “Lanyard” satellites–were returning high quality photos to US intelligence services by physically dropping
exposed film back to earth."
Slashdot ran a story named Satellites Spy On Black Friday Shoppers.
Their summary: "Those satellites in space don't just take spy pictures. On this Black Friday 2010, they actually took pictures of you, and your rush to Black Friday shopping deals. The research is being done to see what consumer demand this year means for retail stocks. The trend, so far, has been favorable. The companies involved in this are Remote Sensing Metrics and Digital Globe. Remote Sensing Metrics is a Chicago-based consulting firm that analyzes the satellite imagery. In turn, it purchases those images from Colorado-based company Digital Globe, which operates its own satellites."