Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
On the open source front:
- Thanks to reverse engineering, GDAL/OGR can now use the Shapefile native .sbn spatial index, to understand the context: "The Shapefile format had been documented since 1998, but the documentation was limited to the minimum core, that is to say the .shp file that contains the geometries and the .shx that is an index to the geometries. However the format of the .sbn file, that was known to contain spatial index (aimed at speeding up spatial filters), has never been published."
- Another entry on the visions for OpenLayers 3
- Here's an entry on QGIS Cloud, a hosting service for QGIS Server and still on the QGIS topic, Styling temporal (time) data in QGIS
On the Esri front:
- APB shares their thoughts on Just What is ArcGIS Online for Organizations?: "It’s a cloud hosted platform for a GIS intranet for an organization."
On the web mapping front:
- Microsoft added thousands of international shopping malls to Bing Maps
- Styles Maps in the Google Maps API just got improved
In the miscellaneous category:
- APB shares a interesting new App called Mapfia that "lets users make free "map calls" to see each other's real time location"
- Even geospatial files are prone to virus, AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints
- On a more positive note for Autodesk, James mentions Project Artoo "that allows AutoCAD Map 3D users to perform geometry cleanup operations on geospatial data"
- Also from Slashdot, here's what can happen when you map someone else's data, PadMapper Gets C&D From Craigslist Over Apartment Listing Maps
- Via OGD, with Map Compare, you can now compare side-by-side 35 basemaps from OpenStreetMap versions to Google Maps versions and Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and more
In the maps category:
- That's an interesting and probably sad map in an entry named The Great Indoors, or Childhood's End?, showing how much less we allow our children to go away from the house over the last decades
- The annual map of the Tour de France in Google Earth
- Here's an entry on the On-Going Japan Sea/East Sea Naming Controversy