Trimble Navigation to buy SketchUp

Trimble Navigation to buy SketchUp:

Google’s purchase of SketchUp a few years ago struck me as curious, but they used it as the platform for Google Earth models. Now, selling it strikes me as curious. What does this mean for Google Earth? Maybe they haven’t figured out how to shove it into Google+, so they’ve lost interest.


Source: Coyote Tracks


Good Quarter for Amazon

Good Quarter for Amazon:

Revenue is up year over year, although profits were down. This caught my eye:

“I’m excited to announce that we now have more than 130,000
new, in-copyright books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store –
you won’t find them anywhere else. They include many of our top
bestsellers – in fact, 16 of our top 100 bestselling titles are
exclusive to our store,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

So 16 percent of bestselling titles are exclusive to the Kindle Store — and the
Department of Justice is investigating Apple’s iBookstore. Got it.

[I’ve nothing to add.]

Source: Daring Fireball