Find Real Estate in Canada

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RealEstatePlus.ca just launched their site using Virtual Earth. To try it out, enter postal code “M6S 4H7″ in the search box. Hover over a listing on the map and select "View Demographics" in the pop-up. You get tons of demographic data about that neighborhood plus 8 layers of POI data. Notice how the neighborhood is now outlined with a green vector line. Drag the map and the adjacent neighborhoods get…
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MSDN Webcast: The Russ and Joe Developer Show: Virtual Earth (Level 100)

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Mark Merchant – Virtual Earth Technology Specialist for the East Coast – will be presenting on the Russ and Joe Developer Show on Wednesday May 16. Mark will cover how to build applications with Virtual Earth and provide an under the covers look at Virtual Earth. Check out the event site for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032340720%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e  For those of you who attended Mark’s web cast, you can download his sample code…
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The Virtual Earth Lab @ MIX ’07

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Tonight is the night of the big mashup camp for all you late night campers. It will be @ The Venetian in the Tuscana Room 3701 (3rd Floor) from 8P – 2A. For those of you unlucky enough to not be here, fear not. You can have access to the Virtual Earth Version 5 lab I wrote for MIX. I’ve pasted it below for your coding pleasure. It’s fairly simple,…
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April 2007 Virtual Earth Imagery Release

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We just released tons of new imagery and 3D models. The list is below… New UltraCam Orthos (2D Aerial/Hybrid)USALa Jolla, CALa Mesa, CA Malibu, CAMiramar, CASan Francisco, CAAurora, ILIndianapolis, IN Joiliet, IL Naperville, ILSpeedway, IN Newark, NJ Brooklyn, NY Niagara Falls, NYRoseville, MNBeaverton, ORPortland, OR CanadaLevis-StRomuald (Quebec City)Toronto Bird’s Eye Imagery (Oblique)Riverside County, CADouglas County, COHamilton County, INBernalillo County, NMMinneapolis, MNFranklin County, NYSuffolk County, NYYates County, NYWood County, OHCanadian County,…
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Move.com Now Using Virtual Earth

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Move.com (aka Realtor.com) launched tonight using Virtual Earth for their home property search. Move had previously been using Virtual Earth for their rental property search and now has expanded to include their houses for sale search. It’s a pretty slick implementation with a property search, custom icons, and popup divs for Bird’s Eye view. I do like how the Bird’s Eye is popped into these divs instead of changing their…
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Virtual Earth Version 5 is Now Live!

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Here’s the official release doc for Virtual Earth V5: The new Virtual Earth platform The Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of services that combines unique bird’s eye, aerial, and 3D imagery with best-of-breed mapping, location and search functionality. With ongoing investments in innovation that are driven by customer feedback, the Virtual Earth platform 5.0 continues to offer new tools, advanced feature enhancements, and robust platform capabilities. In this…
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CP Taking Over…

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This blog is getting stale and needs a new owner, so I’m taking over. I’ve been running the Virtual Earth & MapPoint B2B Blog for a couple years and with my new gig as the Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist it’s probably good to focus on the developer community a bit more. I’ll just combine the two so you can see what Enterprise Customers and Mashup Developers are doing, plus provide…
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Search is a Love Problem

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I first had the idea for this post a few years ago, when Google’s April Fool’s Day prank was to define love as a search problem and talked about how Google Romance was going to find you the person of your dreams.   We wish! (Although, at one time it DID work for Rory). But anyway, it got me thinking about Search and Community, and now that I’ve been on…
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Live Product Search: More Images, More Relevant

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The team just released changes to Live Product Search that boost customer-perceived relevance by increasing the number of query results with images.  The table below summarizes the improvement.  Why aren’t there 100% images in the top results?  The reason is largely because many sites, including very reputable merchants like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and AceHardwareSuperStore.com, block image crawling bots or seriously throttle them.  We will have to work with these sites to…
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