Virtual Earth @ PDC (Professional Developers Conference)

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Virtual Earth will have a presence at PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA from October 27-30. We’ll have a booth staffed by 2 of the guys who helped build the Virtual Earth platform (plus some marketing folks). They will also be at the ask the experts (un)session of the show. There’s a Virtual Earth session for you to learn about our platform for building out your apps. Here’s the abstract:…

Live Search Maps Argentina is Live!

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Argentina now has it’s own Live Search Maps beta site. I’m a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I’m a little late to the game there’s a good chance you didn’t know about it either, so let’s dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road maps, satellite imagery and photography and traffic incident and flow information. In terms of…

400: Bad Request for Virtual Earth Web Service

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I’ve been getting quite a few messages about this “400: Bad Request” error people are seeing when trying to reference the Virtual Earth Web Service, more specifically when trying to fetch tokens so it’s worth posting a little something on how to fix it. Specifically, the error is, “There was an error downloading ‘http://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx’. The request failed with HTTP status 400: Bad Request.“ The current documentation in the SDK shows…

Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes Virtual Earth)

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It’s been almost a year since Microsoft acquired Multimap. We’ve been pretty quiet integrating them into Microsoft; however, it’s time to make a little noise. As part of the first significant announcement the Multimap team has release a new free API which contains lots of robust features which you can leverage in your applications. And, if you’re a licensed Virtual Earth customer you can gain access to the Multimap platform…

NBC Local Affiliates Launch with Virtual Earth

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Good morning, Chicago. It’s time to check traffic with NBC (and Microsoft Virtual Earth)…  Construction and incidents and cameras oh my! Plus, flow data, news, monetization and a clean interface. Now this is a traffic site! 3 years into AJAX map development and UI designers are really starting to get it. Clicking on any pushpin on the map will pop a small window in the lower right hand corner with…

Maps.ca (Yellow Pages Canada) and Virtual Earth

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Yellow Pages in Canada just got a whole lot more interesting. Maps.ca (or Mappes.ca for you French Canadians) has launched the beta of their new YP portal featuring Microsoft Virtual Earth dead center. This site is so jam-packed with features and content that I didn’t know where to begin. Well, they dropped me on the search page which is logically a good place to start when I want to find…

Virtual Earth & DigitalGlobe – Worldwide Imagery Improvement

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Well, well, well what have we here? We now have access to one of the highest resolution global satellite imagery and aerial photography collections (460 million sq. km. + 1 million sq. km. per day moving forward) through a deal we’ve just struck with DigitalGlobe. We’ll finally be able to backfill areas around the world where people have come to my blog and complained about Virtual Earth not having good…

WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

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I haven’t talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data centers host all of the data for WWT and that the actual Earth in WWT are Virtual Earth tiles?…

U-Haul

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U-Haul just made the move from MapQuest to Virtual Earth. Actually, U-Haul has been a long-standing MapPoint Web Service customer for several applications and they’ve decided to move over their Location Finder over to Virtual Earth – sweet. Hey, where do you think that whole “Mom’s Attic” name comes from for that area over the driver’s cabin? Either way, it makes for some great jokes of where the mother-in-law sits…

Virtual Earth 6.2 and Web Service Webcast Recording

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Thanks to everyone who attended my “Momentum Webcast: See More and Do More with Microsoft Virtual Earth (Level 100)” this morning. If you missed the webcast (shame on you), you can view the recording online at the Live Meeting Website. For additional information about the Virtual Earth AJAX Control 6.2 or the Virtual Earth Web Service, check out my post titled, “Announcing The Virtual Earth Web Service and Virtual Earth…