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VieuxCarre,

TMF can get into trouble for copyright violation if you post the whole article -- better to post a short excerpt & post the link. Thanks for finding the article anyway.

In case, your post does get removed, here's the link: http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9916519 .

I like the following:

Some fear that the world may end up with a digital map monopoly, as users migrate to the provider with the most comprehensive data and then further strengthen its position by adding information of their own. Such worries have given rise to a nascent “open-map” movement. Owners of PNDs can record their wanderings, collect information about their routes and upload the data to a website called OpenStreetMap. In time, such contributions could create a detailed, free map of the world. If so, TomTom's and Nokia's acquisitions would look very overpriced.

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