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Microsoft: "Microsoft MapPoint .NET is a hosted, programmable XML Web Service that allows you to integrate high-quality maps, driving directions, distance calculations, proximity searches and other location intelligence into your applications, business processes, and Web sites." 07/13/05 update: Yahoo and Google have mapping APIs now (see these blog entries from insiders).
Not very useful, but fun, this directory lets you open small frames within its pages to preview the sites it lists. 02/23/04 update: Zapmeta does that too.
Line56: "We’re not advocating that a company change a working system," says [Intel's Chief E-Strategist Chris] Thomas. "What we are saying is that where you have manual processes that are delaying or incurring errors, the automation makes sense. EDI is too expensive to throw at a lot of these problems. But XML and proprietary standards [...]
Avinon NetScenario Studio: "is a fully integrated, browser-based environment designed for use by business analysts and e-business consultants to plan, design, publish, continuously enhance and manage online business services." They just inked a deal with Microsoft. 02/22/04 update: the company has been renamed Black Pearl after it merged with another firm named OneChannel.
Cardscan: "Every six months over 30% of your address book entries become out-of-date. People get promoted, change jobs, change phone numbers and get new email addresses. CardScan’s new AccuCard Service will track and present updates for your consideration. Now your address book can always contain the latest information." This service comes with a business card [...]
Kenamea: "The core of the Kenamea offering is the Kenamea Application Network, which routes message traffic between back-end enterprise applications and end-user front-end applications. The type of data transferred in a message is left entirely to the application developer: messages might contain XML documents in one application, SOAP messages in another, and binary data in [...]
In: web services15 Jan 2002
: "[The Office XP Web Services Toolkit] gives developers and corporate users the ability to search out multiple Web services from across the Internet and integrate them within the tool kit’s development environment. Developers will also be able to cobble together applications from those Web services within the Microsoft Office environment."
Alan Reiter: "The phone keypad is an ergonomic disaster for entering long messages. But with new wireless devices with keyboards coming out this year, such as the Danger hiptop, GSM GPRS pagers from Research in Motion, and pager/phones from Motorola, it will be interesting to see if the Weblog phenomenon helps spark greater use of [...]
SiliconValley: "A week after question and answer search engine Ask Jeeves finished embedding the assets of Teoma, the company says it has acquired the technology of privately owned Octopus for an undisclosed amount."
VoiceXML Planet: "One way to develop powerful VoiceXML applications is to leverage existing Web applications by simulating a Web browser and scraping the results via a programmable HTTP Web agent. This example allows users to track a Federal Express package, using the fedex.com Web site." It dawned on many people that phones are best at [...]
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