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Hello Geo tech Professional... Welcome again to another busy Geo tech news update. Excuse the delay as I'm sicker than a dog today... hoping this passes really fast! Perhaps a few of you are still facepalming yourself over the news that facebook has shelled out an astounding $1 billion for a small photo sharing company less than 2 years old and with just 13 employees... I know, indeed it does seem rediculous! Particularly troubling for facebook in this whole situation is the fact that immediately after the announcement there were loads of Instagram users wondering how they could remove their accounts! Ohmy... this should be a fun one to watch unfold. I'll also be curious to see what happens with Google and their plans for rolling Picnik, the amazing photo manipulation and enhancement tool, into their Picasa and G+ service. Oh, and then there's flickr. I'll admit that I've been a long time pro user of the service but indeed, like many others, I really have to try hard to justify that expense now it seems! Finally, think on this one; according to analysts, facebook could have bought an estimated 13 bankrupt Kodak Corporations for the same price they paid for Instagram!

Some of the coolest tidbits and tech tips I've shared with the community via LBSzone and the AnyGeo ( this week include; The Open Source Public Tree Inventory Platform - OpenTreeMap, a complete, open source tree inventory system in a box! Are you interested in some JAva training? Check out this free training resource; Esri has released their ArcGIS mobie mapping app for Kindle fire - now available in the Amazon Kindle shop; Facebook to buy Instagram for $1 billion - wow!; Nokia and Nicki Minaj Illuminate Times Square for Lumia 900 Launch Party - indeed Nokia and crew took over Times Square for an evening launch party; Last week end developers took part in the TED City Un-Hackathon 2.0 Equality Challenge. Have a great week all, be sure to check out all the new Geo Career Opportunities and remember that you can join us and 2,500+ other pros who've Joined us on facebook

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Each day in this section we'll update you about Geospatial conferences, training, seminars, webinars, and relevant events. Feel free to make a suggestion for future consideration and be sure to see our Events Calendar. A Tip... Are you a on LinkedIn? If so then consider connecting with over 20,000 other GIS professionals via our GISuser LinkedIn Group and see also our facebook Page!

The Location Business Summit Europe 2012 - The 3rd annual Location Business Summit Europe is the biggest meeting place for hands on knowledge and networking within the mobile and location industry. Following our blockbuster events in Silicon Valley and Amsterdam last year, the biggest and best companies in the community will come together at the most influential LBS focused summit in the world. Save the date - May 22-23, 2012, Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel, Amsterdam

Video - Hexagon Conference Sights and Sounds - Ever wondered what it's like attending a Hexagon conference? This year's Think Forward 2012 Hexagon conference is scheduled to take place June 4-7 in Las Vegas and will host thousands of professionals that use solutions from ERDAS, Intergraph, and Leica Geosystems, all under one roof.

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