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Interview: Online mapping guru Ed Parsons

 Ed Parsons is the former chief technology officer of the Ordnance Survey, and one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK’s geospatial industry.

Before his much talked about departure last month, he was one of the central figures in the debate over the Ordnance Survey’s licensing regime – i.e., whether it should offer low cost access to mapping data to encourage the development of applications and mash-ups. He had also been pushing for the organisation to launch an API for non-commercial services and to adopt an open source model in some of its projects.

I caught up with him last week to find out more about internet mapping and his plans for the future…

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Google in ad deal with Friendster - report

Google looks set for another ad partnership with a social networking site – although this one's not on the same scale as the huge, £500m deal it struck with Myspace last year.

Bambi Francisco reports that the search giant has tied up an agreement with Friendster, one of the first social networking ventures, but one that has since fallen way behind the likes of Myspace and Bebo.

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Myspace censors ban another service

Pete Cashmore at Mashable reports that Myspace has blocked its members from another third-party service – this time Trakzor , an application that lets you see who has been visiting your Myspace profile and view them on an interactive map.

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Second Life to hand over metaverse software

Developers will get the opportunity to create their own hosted versions of Second Life after its maker Linden Lab announced plans to take the 3D virtual world open-source.

The San Francisco company last night released a version of the software used to access the environment that can be modified by its users under a GNU Public Licence. This means the many SL denizens who have already tinkered with the client through scripts can now help keep SL popular if its population spikes from recent media adulation wane this year.

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MyBlogLog enhances Yahoo!'s social strategy

Yahoo! is buying web community service MyBlogLog for over $10m, Forbes reports .

Launched in 2005 by Cloudspace, a group of five dispersed across the US, MyBlogLog allows users to carry a badge of themselves around the web that is added to sites for fellow browsers to see when they visit.

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Viewers call the Super Bowl ad shots

Chevrolet and Doritos will buck the trend during the commercial breaks for the Super Bowl on February 4, airing advertisements produced or influenced by their customers.

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Google embeds ads in videos

Google has begun placing advertisements inside clips on its Google Video upload site.

The video of a recent episode of the Charlie Rose show, a programme from the PBS network, is among the first to feature embedded ads that interrupt the clip being watched.

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Second Life marketers to get measurement tools

Brands creating a presence in Second Life will shortly be offered measurement tools to monitor the effectiveness of their in-world investments.

The Electric Sheep Company, a US-based agency which has developed Second Life properties for firms such as Reuters and Starwood Hotels, has started to distribute software that allows marketers to track footfall at their virtual sites.

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PayPerPost analytics deal collapses

Controversial blog seeding firm PayPerPost has backed out of its purchase of Performancing.com , just a week after announcing the deal.

The acquisition would have given the company an analytics platform to allow tracking of blog sites and its paid-for blog posts, as well as Performancing’s recruitment site, Performancing Exchange.

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Google services begin to trump rivals

The popularity of two of Google's key Web 2.0-style applications has overtaken those of rival portals in recent weeks, according to the latest data.

Google Calendar last week overtook MSN's competing offering and is due to beat even Yahoo!'s sector-leading calendar in the next couple of months, after the Mountain View outfit's schedule tool surged in popularity, Hitwise statistics show.

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Social networks to boom while net spend 'slows'?

Growth in internet advertising spend could slow in 2007, according to predictions from the US.

Trend analysis aggregator eMarketer suggests online advertising will grow from $16.4bn in 2006 to $19.5bn this year.

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Q&A: Synature’s John Woods on attitudinal matching

John Woods is the CEO of Synature, a UK firm developing ‘attitudinal matching’ solutions for etailers and portals.

Like a cleverer version of Amazon-style book suggestions, its technology offers a social search tool for internet shoppers to find products that similarly-minded people recommend. Companies can also use it to segment their customer bases and target users with personalised content and advertising.

We spoke to John about a new partnership Synature has formed with MyTravel to provide holiday ideas to its customers, and to ask him a bit more about the technology.

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