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Uber Is Making Its Own Maps

The company will spend $500 million

(Newser) - In an apparent effort to lessen its reliance on Google Maps, rideshare company Uber will be "doubling down on our investment in mapping." That amounts to pumping $500 million into an "ambitious global mapping project," the Financial Times reports. Uber has already unleashed mapping vehicles in... More »

Annoyed Rancher to Lots of Hikers: Google Maps Is Wrong

People were led to his property instead of the trail

(Newser) - Canadian rancher Pete Stoner was having a heck of a time getting Google to change its mapping tool to direct people in search of the Fort George Canyon Provincial Park in British Columbia to the trailhead instead of his private property. He says it all started in 2014, when he... More »

Philly PD Admits Its SUV Was Masked as Google Maps Vehicle

SUV decked out with technology to spy on drivers (and fake Google decal)

(Newser) - The Philly PD has a "mystery" on its hands, and it involves one of its own vehicles. On Wednesday, a University of Pennsylvania professor spotted an SUV near the Philadelphia Convention Center, souped up with two high-tech license-plate readers and a placard linking it to the Pennsylvania State Police—... More »

Man Missing Since 2006 Found in Pond by Funeral Home

Sunken car could be seen in Google Maps image

(Newser) - A man who disappeared in 2006 was found this week just yards from a funeral home that could have given him a proper burial. A body believed to be that of 72-year-old Davie Lee Niles, who was last seen leaving a bar in Byron Township in central Michigan on Oct.... More »

The Man Who Erased Islands From Our Maps

One ocean surveyor was charged with erasing phantom islands

(Newser) - When ocean surveyor Captain Sir Frederick Evans became the new chief hydrographer to the Royal Navy in the 1870s, he was tasked with charting the Pacific Ocean, which for more than 400 years had been filling up with "phantom islands," reports Intelligent Life magazine. That is, islands that... More »

White House Pops Up on Google Maps in N-Word Search

Company says it's trying to fix system so it won't be inundated with racial slurs

(Newser) - Just last month Google Maps had to scramble to eliminate an image that showed an Android robot peeing on the Apple logo . Now it's got an even worse problem: remedying an issue that brings up the White House when certain racial slurs are punched in, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Google Fined for Showing Cleavage on Street View

Maria Pia Grillo wins $2K from tech giant

(Newser) - The latest embarrassment for Google Street View: Google has been fined more than $2,000 after its mapping feature showed an image of a woman's cleavage. A Montreal judge found that Maria Pia Grillo's privacy was invaded in having "part of her breast exposed," Gigaom reports,... More »

Google Maps Car May Have Killed a Dog: PETA

Organization calls on company to donate $1K to neutering group

(Newser) - Animal-rights activists are calling on Google to donate cash to help animals—because, they say, it looks like a Street View car killed a dog. PETA has posted a pair of photos on a blog that show a dog running, then lying, on a street in Chile, the San Francisco ... More »

Google Street View Maps Florida's Reefs

Images could appear online as soon as this week

(Newser) - You may soon be able to explore the wonders of the Florida Keys from the comfort of your home. Google is taking its Street View mapping technology beneath the waves, using round, SVII cameras to snap images "over an area up to 20 times larger than what's available... More »

The NSA's Secret Source: Angry Birds?

Spy agency exploits flaws in popular apps

(Newser) - When you fire up Angry Birds, Google Maps, or a host of other popular smartphone apps, you're opening yourself up to government spies. The NSA and its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, have been actively intercepting the data that "leaky" apps collect from users, according to a new leak... More »

Google: We'll Remove Image of Murdered Teen From Maps

It's a rare move from tech giant

(Newser) - Kevin Barrera, 14, was murdered four years ago—and his family just discovered Friday that his body can be viewed on Google Maps. Barrera was shot on a footpath crossing railroad tracks in Northern California; the crime remains unsolved. A Google Maps satellite image of the murder scene shows a... More »

Apple Maps: Less of a Disaster Than You Think

Has taken 23 million users from Google, despite problems

(Newser) - Remember when Apple launched its own maps app on the iPhone and iPad, a program so error-ridden the CEO apologized , the project leader was fired , it became the butt of jokes for months, and everyone celebrated when Google finally relaunched its much-loved maps app? Turns out, it hasn't been... More »

Villagers Mistake Google Driver for Government Spy

They let him go after he swears before Buddha statue

(Newser) - The hazards of driving around in one of those Google mapping cars: When residents of a remote village in Thailand saw the weird-looking vehicle with a camera on top tooling around, they blocked its path and hauled out the driver for questioning, reports the Bangkok Post . Was he a sneaky... More »

Meet Google's Next $1B Buy

Waze buy thwarts rivals, might raise anti-trust concerns

(Newser) - Google is close to finalizing one of the biggest acquisitions in its history, with a more than $1 billion deal for the maps and traffic app Waze, the Wall Street Journal reports. Here's what makes the move interesting:
  • Google already has a maps app. You might have heard of
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Coming to Google Street View: Galapagos Islands

Google captures panoramic views of remote and inaccessible areas

(Newser) - If you've ever wished you could visit the Galapagos Islands, you'll soon get the chance to see the remote volcanic islands from the comfort of your own home. Google sent hikers to the area complete with Street View gear to capture panoramic views of even the most inaccessible... More »

Google Maps Reunites Boy With Family, 23 Years Later

Chinese man was abducted at age 5

(Newser) - A Chinese man who was abducted as a 5-year-old boy finally found his way home, 23 years later, thanks in part to Google Maps. After he was snatched on his way to kindergarten in a small town in Sichuan province, Luo Gang was raised by adoptive parents (no word on... More »

Tax Dodgers Nabbed Using ... Google Street View

Some 100 Lithuanian homeowners, 30 construction companies identified

(Newser) - As soon as Google Maps Street View was rolled out in Lithuania earlier this year, tax authorities were ready. Sitting in the comfort of their own offices, inspectors used the free Internet program for a virtual cruise around the streets of some of the Baltic country's big cities, uncovering... More »

Google's April Fool: YouTube Closing Down

Also new on April 1: Google Nose, Treasure Maps

(Newser) - Google has gotten into the April Fool's Day spirit once again: After eight years of accepting entries, YouTube is going to shut down to "select a winner." A spoof announcement on the site claims that "YouTube has been nothing but a contest to find the best... More »

Roam Abandoned Fukushima Town, Courtesy Google

Street View comes to Namie, Japan

(Newser) - If you like occasionally roaming the streets of the world on Google Maps, there's a bleak new destination you should check out: Namie, Japan , a town in Fukushima Prefecture that's been abandoned ever since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Google has just added street view images... More »

New on Google Maps: North Korea

Google rolls out update made without help from Pyongyang

(Newser) - Google Maps users can now get a much more detailed look at the land of gulags, secret nuclear sites, and, according to some reports, cannibalism . North Korea once appeared as almost a total blank on Google, but a new map being rolled out today shows details including streets, landmarks, and... More »

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