InmanTV Interview

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Hey, that’s me! In early August I was asked to interview with Jessica Swesey from Inman to talk about Virtual Earth at the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference In San Francisco. Apparently, the video was just published and was featured in the most recent Inman newsletter. You can see the interview on InmanTV.com. I find the conference in general to be very beneficial to those in the the Real Estate…
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Disabling Pushpin Rollover Popups

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So, I haven’t done a Virtual Earth code sample for a while and have noticed that I’ve been hit with the question of “I have pushpins that I don’t want rollover popups for. How do I disable them?” Well, here’s how. 1. We’ll start with a very simple Virtual Earth application which loads a map and adds a pushpin in the center. You can copy and paste the code below…
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The WhereAmI Project

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Several years ago we had a product called MapPoint Location Server. The concept was that we could tie into phone networks to find and/or track the location of people via their cell phones. The product itself was nothing more than a server client application that proxied calls between different cell phone networks and MapPoint Web Service. Locations could be rendered on maps on a desktop application (sort of like a…
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Additional August 2007 Imagery

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We broke up the August release (in case you were wondering why there was only oblique {bird’s eye} imagery in the last release). Yep, more imagery – we know you love it – and, it’s all live today on Live Search Maps. Here’s the latest (mostly ortho – 9.5 TB): USA Hi-Res Orthos (aka Aerial and Hybrid) – 2006 Central Florida – 2006 Buelton, CA – 2006 Lancaster, CA– 2006…
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Microsoft vs. Google vs. Yahoo! vs MapQuest…A Customer’s Perspective

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Recently, one of our enterprise customers decided to re-evaluate their mapping options for their software needs. Now, of course, I’m going to be a little biased but I think the article lends itself to many who have to go through the trouble of deciding which mapping platform is right for you. A la Mode out of Arkansas posted a great blog on the pros and cons of each of the…
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Our New Webmaster Portal and an Invitation to the Private Beta

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Shortly after that day in March when we had to take the “link:” operator offline, a small team was formed in Redmond. Its singular focus: to build the next-generation set of tools, content and resources for SEO professionals and webmasters (and get “link:” back in your hands). Creatively named Webmaster Portal (we’re really good at marketing), it will be a single, friendly place to find all tools and information relating…
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Virtual Earth Imagery Update – August 2007

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Better late than never, but I guy’s gotta take vacation after the fiscal year! In case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, here’s the latest imagery updates pushed out to Live Search Maps / Virtual Earth (15.65 TB in all): New 3D Cities: a.     Montreal, Canada. b.    Toulouse, France.   US Obliques (Bird’s Eye): a.     California                                           i.    San Francisco, CA                                          ii.    Stanislaus, CA b.    Connecticut                                           i.        Connecticut State…
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Live Search @ SES San Jose

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For those of you attending the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, CA this week, drop by and check us out at one of these sessions: Search Engine Q&A On Links – Day 3 at 4:45pm (8/22)Join Eytan Seidman, Lead Program Manager for the Live Search crawler, to answer your questions about links. Meet the Crawlers – Day 4 at 10:45am (8/23)More fun with Eytan, here to answer your questions…
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Three new features in Live Search Images

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We know you love searching for people with our image search engine—we’ve worked hard to make it easy and fun. Now we’ve made it even better. Today we shipped three new features that help you find faces, portraits and black and white images. Try these links to see them in action: without the new features – jimi hendrix with new face filtering on – jimi hendrix filter:face with new portrait…
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Live Search Mobile – Shipped

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Live Search for Mobile Browse (point your mobile browser http://m.live.com ) If you’ve used this product before, then you’ll definitely notice the improvements. If not, we think it’ll earn a spot on your bookmark list.    A Single Search Box: Tell us what and where, if applicable and you’ll get the most relevant results from Instant Answers, Local, Web, Images to News and Spaces … all perfectly formatted for your…
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