Many-to-Many: Google Acquires Dodgeball : Google Acquires Dodgeball

There should be a good fit between Dodgeball and Google maps.

The problem I have with Dodgeball is the need to report where you are and the process for doing it. This is another application case for the phone knowing where it is either by GPS or cell ID and a small app on the phone reporting up to the central server. This App could either poll periodically or on demand under user control. Then we have the fact that it's still US only (I think). And that to really take advantage of it we need flat rate data transfer instead of per Mb charges.

So all the usual issues with walled gardens, awkward networks, lack of application development tools on the phone side, lack of standards and missing LBS support on the phone side.

So what's next? Google starts an MVNO?

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