Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

SAN FRANCISCO -- The adage "Location, location, location" took center stage at a real estate technology panel Saturday highlighting Google mapping and new high-speed Internet access cell phones, as well as Global Positioning Systems. "The technology behind Google Earth was invented by people who worked for government military agencies such as the Pentagon," John Hanke, product director for maps, local and Google Earth, told an avid audience of about 300 at the National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco. Google released its free satellite imagery-based mapping product Google Earth in April. Though Hanke said the company had only "a hunch" that the offering would be useful, hundreds of companies have adapted it for their own uses, especially real estate companies. Google'...