by Mike Masnick

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data collection, open source, wifi

apple, google, microsoft

Microsoft Opens Its WiFi Data Collection Source Code; Why Doesn't Google Do The Same?

from the important-questions dept

Google's been facing a lot of difficulty lately due to its ridiculously dumb implementation of its WiFi access point data collection software. Lots of companies use such software to try to create a location map that can be used in the absence of GPS. Both Microsoft and Apple have similar projects, and yet it's really only Google that's gotten in trouble for theirs, mainly for the way it collected data. Now comes the news that Microsoft is releasing the source code of their WiFi data collection software, which only serves to raise more questions about why Apple and Google haven't done the same.

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    Ninja (profile), 12 Jul 2011 @ 6:42am

    Re: Re: Kismet

    Google is a major player. Some stuff got blown out of proportion with M$, Apple and other huge companies too. I didn't know they were using GPL stuff for collection.

    But as you said, the open wireless data they collected can be collected by any1 so why all the yelling about how evil Google is? The street view thing is another example. I can go to your neighborhood, take several pics of the street (public place, any1?) and post on my facebook account open to whoever wants to see. What's the difference? None. But Street View is Google. Google is money, and in the US it's a revenue stream through litigation. Lame.

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