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Finally, some good news for LightSquared and its 4G hopes
CNET News
Things might finally be looking up for LightSquared, the much ballyhooed wireless startup with big plans to blanket the U.S. with 4G LTE service. The company, which seemed doomed a year ago after the GPS industry successfully lobbied against its efforts to use 40MHz of unused satellite spectrum for terrestrial wireless broadband, may be getting a second chance after all.
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Congressman reintroduces bill to create geospatial tech agency
Spar Point Group
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., has reintroduced his "Map It Once, Use It Many Times" legislation intended to streamline federal bureaucracy dealing with map making by reforming, consolidating and reorganizing federal geospatial activities. Recently, a number of Government Accountability Office reports have identified duplicative and a lack of coordination in federal geospatial activities.
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10 things Esri is doing to 'move the needle' on GIS education
Directions Magazine
By Adena Schutzberg: Esri held its Northeast Education GIS Users Group Meeting on May 2 at the Esri Boston office. About 16 representatives from educational institutions attended. They were mostly from area colleges, though I saw at least one group from a high school. Most were educators, though I met a few facilities staffers, too. Three Esri staffers hosted, along with Esri's Director of Education, David DiBiase.
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The PNT boom
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Cameras as a versatile sensor for position fixing and dead reckoning. New GNSS signals and systems that improve precision and combine with other technologies for jamming resistance and improved robustness. 3-D mapping of cities and buildings that helps solve the puzzle of urban navigation. Context-adaptive navigation systems. Peer-to-peer positioning.

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DOE: $2.9 billion in smart grid investment yields $6.8 billion in economic output
Smart Grid News
A new report from the Department of Energy documents the economic gains from the stimulus funding. From the nearly $3 billion spent so far, the DOE claims economic benefits close to $7 billion plus nearly 50,000 high-quality jobs. The DOE, in other words, gives itself pretty high marks.

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When government shuts down open government
GIS User
An interesting issue is unfolding in Canada and, quite frankly, it's darned amazing! Imagine this, you have a website and offer some kind of product or service. You also use a map so users can search your product by Postal Code ... uh-oh, now you get a letter from Canada Post stating that they are suing you!

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GISCI announces new executive director
GISCI
The Board of Directors of the GIS Certification Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Hodge GISP as its executive director, effective May 1. Reporting directly to the board, Hodge will manage all day-to-day activities for the organization and direct its efforts as it moves into its second decade of existence.
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The challenge of BeiDou
GPS World
GNSS is changing. The days of only American GPS satellites providing signals to the civilian population are gone as new constellations are launched. GLONASS was a slow starter, but is now well established, and its signal architecture is now commonly implemented in manufacturers' chipsets. Galileo is still very much in test phase with global coverage planned for 2019, although position fix using only Galileo satellites has already been demonstrated.
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Harvard's new course on spatial reasoning, cartography and geographic analysis
Directions Magazine
VideoBriefProfessor Peter Bol describes his Hauser Grant project (Geospatial education at Harvard: A new course in mapping and spatial perspectives) where he plans to develop a new course on spatial reasoning, cartography, and geographic analysis.
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10 map services your business must be listed in
GIS User
You have a business ... perhaps a bar, a coffee shop, or maybe a consulting firm. Regardless of the business type, if you have a brick-and-mortar presence, then you need to get your business listed in some of the popular online, location-based resources and search tools. Even more important is being found via mobile search. Your customers are online constantly, mostly via their tablet or smartphone.
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Cisco ups the smart grid ante with new substation and security offerings
Smart Grid News
The Cisco GridBlocks Architecture continues to provide competitive value. Cisco spent a lot of time and money to construct a layered architecture that marries the communications network with the electric power network. Now they are using it not just to help clients but also to underpin their own strategy. Convergence continues to be a strong theme.
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Drone wars hit the states
Politico
Drones could soon be entering the airspace above you — and privacy-minded state lawmakers, banding together in an unusual left-right political alliance, are in a dogfight with law enforcement groups across the country as they move to put protections in place for those on the ground. Sen. Rand Paul, a leading critic of drones, recently helped drive them into the national debate with his 13-hour filibuster on the issue.
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NASA's Android smartphone satellite snaps cheaper space photos
Gnews
The NASA project dubbed "PhoneSat mission" sent a trio of satellite phones named Alexander, Graham and Bell into orbit aboard the Antares rocket that was launched from NASA's Wallops Island in Virginia, to see if an ordinary smartphones could be used as a flight avionics for a satellite. Using their smartphone cameras, the PhoneSat trio sent the image-data packets to the PhoneSat Team, who reconstructed high-resolution photographs from the minute data packets.
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