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I accumulated many geonews this week, some of them probably deserving more than just a line - follow the links to learn more!
On the Google front, there's new imagery for Google Mars, unsurprisingly, Place Pages made their way to Google Earth and Detroit is now in 3D in Google Earth. Google has also an entry on monitoring deforestation using satellite imagery.
On Microsoft's front, here's how to add Streetside to your applications.
On the FOSS4G front, the FOSS4G 2009 conference presentations and videos are now available online.
There's an OGR DFX (AutoCAD) Driver in the works.
Mentioned last Spring, the ActionScript 3 / Flex framework OpenScales released version 1.1.
Here's ERDAS benchmarking results similar to the famous FOSS4G ShootOut.
Here's a an entry reminding us how fast can PostGIS be.
This post in French discusses Walking Papers, a mean to contribute to OpenStreetMap with pen and paper, no GPS. Related, here's a long entry on the licensing debate of OpenStreetMap data.
Here's new for mkgmap, a tool to convert OpenStreetMap data to the Garmin format.
FDO Toolbox 0.9.1 has been released.
It seems the UK government is planning to offer free postal code data and geological information via the OpenGeoscience Portal.
There's also an entry on MongoDb and the NoSQL movement regarding storing geographic data.
If you're in LIDAR, there's a new release of the Merrick's MARS software.
Here's an entry on USGS Elevation Data and ESRI Elevation Service. By the way, ESRI shutted down the Geography Network. Still on ESRI, here's performance and throughput tips for ArcGIS Server 9.3.1.
On the maps front, here's an interesting interactive map on the impact of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees (via SS). In the same vein, an unexpected ice loss in East Antarctica detected via remote sensing.
In the trivia front, here's VS's list of cool holiday gifts idea for geographers and links to geography-oriented jokes. The same blog mention Maplock, a tool to lock your in-car GPS to the steering wheel.
Finally and not trivial, a link to the INPUT report in the U.S. pinpointing open source and geospatial technologies as main cost-saving initiatives.