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Stargazing with Bing Maps’ World Wide Telescope App

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Have you often looked up to the sky at night and keeps on wondering what could be out there in the vast universe? Have you ever wished that you can check the sparkling stars and name each and everyone of them without using a high-powered telescope in some laboratory? Well, now you can, right smack on your computer screen. Thanks for Bing Maps and the World Wide Telescope (WWT)  application.

The WWT application lets you explore the constellations and other known space objects similar to how you navigate through a regular Bing Map. It utilizes Microsoft Silverlight client right in Bing Maps and provides real time information about how the space is moving over the Earth. If you’ve been using Bing Maps before you’d pretty much have an idea how to go through the WWT application and navigate your way through the virtua stars and constellation unfolding right in front of you.

Now, here’s the coolest part. When you’ve selected a particular spot, you can click on it and the WWT application will shift to Bing Maps Street View. Giving you the sweet spot on earth where you should have been if you were actually looking at the sky using a real telescope. Sweet, right? This feature was demonstrated at the last TED event actually.

Want to go stargazing tonight? Check out the Bing Maps World Wide Telescope app. Make sure that you have Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer to make the app work.

Millions of Us enters $1.5 billion virtual goods market with Virtual Greats

Millions of Us, an agency that specializes in virtual worlds and online communities, is launching Virtual Greats, a new company that will take advantage of the growing popularity of virtual goods. The company also announced that it has secured distribution rights for virtual goods associated with Justin Timberlake, Elvis Presley, Tila Tequila, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Raven Symone and Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, across multiple media platforms.

Virtual Greats will be offering its wares across multiple virtual world and social media platforms. The company is entering its first major venture with the massively popular virtual world Gaia Online.

Qwaq secures $7 million in funding

qwaq Qwaq secures $7 million in fundingQwaq, Inc., creators of virtual spaces for the enterprise, has secured $7 million in its first institutional round, co-led by Alloy Ventures and Storm Ventures with participation from previous investors. The funds will be used to expand Qwaq’s sales, marketing, product and engineering teams and initiatives. Ammar Hanafi, general partner at Alloy Ventures, and Alex Mendez, founding general partner at Storm Ventures, will join Qwaq’s board of directors.

Qwaq Forums, a secure virtual workspace application released by Qwaq earlier this year, significantly enhances the productivity of distributed teams by bringing critical resources together in a virtual place, as if they were in the same physical location. With Qwaq Forums, users have all the tools and collaboration capabilities they need to work more effectively together to collectively establish workflow steps, create or review information in software applications, and evaluate designs in 2D and 3D, all while discussing topics using built-in text and voice chat. Qwaq Forums virtual workspaces are always available so users can return to a forum at any time to access and view changes that have occurred since they last visited the virtual space.