Weekly Roundup


GPS navigation was forever shaken, Smartphone users dominate, and more from our staff's favorite reads. • AdMob releases their annual Mobile Metrics Report, profiling mobile use and the shift toward Smartphones:

"Among the devices making the heaviest use of the mobile web are the iPhone and its non-smartphone counterpart, the iPod Touch. The data traffic created by these two handhelds has increased 19 times from September 2008 to this past month and now accounts for 43% of all smartphone requests worldwide."

• Google shakes the GPS navigation industry overnight (via Gizmodo):

"This is not an attack of Google's business practices, but an explanation of the sort of destructive innovation that has made them so huge so fast. (It's also a warning to consider carefully any entities that gets this strong, especially if you plan on going into business with one.) Though predecessors like Microsoft experienced similar explosive growth, and grew a similar sudden global dependence, we've never seen the likes of Google. The GPS business isn't the only one that will be consumed by its mighty maw before it's had its run."

• NYTimes' Living In section explores the Castleton Corners neighborhood of Staten Island, using Onboard data:

"Single-family homes predominate; the vast majority of them are detached and have garages. Colonials outnumber Tudors and ranches, and many have at least some brick on the exterior and date back before World War II. A small number of town houses are scattered through the neighborhood, too."

Google Maps enhances its July launch of real estate listings with rental searches, among other tools:

"We've made it easier to find real estate listings. Now, you can simple select 'Real Estate' from the 'More' button on the top firhg tof any Google Map to discover listings. From there, it's a simple matter to refine your search using the left hand panel - price, bedrooms, bathrooms and so on. Of course, you can still pan the map to search for the perfect neighborhood and it'll automatically update with more listings."

• Our own Patrick Healy made it to Roost's 50 Real Estate People to Follow on Twitter

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