Author Archive for: ‘Drew Bowling’

Google Still Courting Yahoo’s Ad Properties (Somewhere, Microsoft Groans)

You have to wonder at what point Google is just trying to get Microsoft’s goat when it comes to making purchases or if Google really is honestly trying to stay ahead of the pack. Case in point: Yahoo. Last year, Google was said to be involved in talks to purchase Yahoo, or at least some meaty parts of Yahoo. The …

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Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways

In a paradigm switch of imperialism, the United Kingdom is apparently to now be considered the Far Eastern United States given the fate of TVShack webmaster Richard O’Dwyer. Despite having not committed any crime on U.S. soil and hosting no servers in the U.S., and in defiance of widespread support to block O’Dwyer’s extradition, V3 has confirmed with the office …

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MapQuest Offering Free & Unlimited APIs to Lure Developers from Google Maps

Now that MapQuest is stepping out with some sharp new threads thanks to the release of 3.0 for iPhone last month, it really wants developers to try their hand at building maps with its API. To entice developers, MapQuest is offering up all of its geocoding and routing APIs to developers and businesses for free with unlimited access. By signing …

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In Twitter’s First Transparency Report – Surprise! – U.S. Made Most User Info Requests

Following Google’s habit to provide semi-annual transparency reports about government requests for user information and DMCA takedown requests, Twitter has released its first Transparency Report today that shows the statistics of all of the requests the micro-blogging company receives from copyright holders and governments, as well as whether or not Twitter complied with the requests. Just as Twitter is following …

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Amazon Signals Plan to Enter 3D Map Market with UpNext Acquisition

Amazon has put its best mapping foot forward today and purchased 3D-mapping startup UpNext for an undisclosed amount, according to a report from GigaOM. UpNext only consists of four people – Raj Advani, Vik Advani, Robin Har and Danny Moon, all of whom are founders – who will be making the coast-to-coast relocation from their current digs in New York …

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See How Google Maps Keeps the World from Being Crappier

The over-brains behind Google Maps regularly get together with non-profit organizations to make maps that help those groups further their mission and hopefully make the world a more convenient place to live. Just this year, Google Maps has partnered with various organizations to visualize information about a nature conservatory’s adopt-an-acre program, how to preserve natural habitats via street expansion, and, …

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Google Maps API Luminaries Serve Some Golden Eggs of Developer Help

Since the Google Maps API became available for developers with a cartographical itch, digital cartographers have been putting their imaginations to impressive use with the designs they’ve come up with. One of the most prominent themes during the Google I/O conference last week was the sheer girth of new tools and features that were announced across the many, many Google …

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Bing Social Search Doesn’t Want to Assume That Your Friends Are Experts

Bing’s new three-column search interface has been kicking around the innernets for about a month now, integrating people’s Facebook and Twitter networks into queries so as to provide a social feature to search results. While it’s been interesting seeing what all my friends think they know about certain subjects, I’m not always certain I can take their word at face …

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Google Street View Car Caught in a Fender Bender

Statistically, if you drive a lot you naturally increase the odds that you’ll be in a car accident; it’s just one of those law of averages that you can’t avoid. Even the driverless cars are involved in accidents sometimes (when humans are involved). Google Street View cars are on the road a lot. They’ve put so many miles on the …

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Google Maps Takes Its Talents to South Beach with More 45° Imagery

Although Google Earth now sports that very appealing 3D imagery for several metropolitan areas, Google Maps continues to keep up with its sister geoservice site and made an announcement recently about how it plans to excel to the next level. The announcement, which has been labeled The Decision, includes updates of 45° satellite imagery to 31 locations throughout the world …

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Google Launches Crisis Map to Fight This Particularly Vicious Wildfire Season

Through the combination of unreal heat, persistently strong winds, and a kindling-dry landscape, Colorado is currently suffering through the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Expanding 26 square miles, the wildfire has already displaced tens of thousands of people as their towns and homes have been torched by force of nature that seems more hellspawn than terrestrial. Perhaps the …

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Google Maps API Gets More Features for Styled Maps

In the two years that it’s existed, designers and developers have created some pretty awesome stuff with the Styled Maps in the Google Maps API. There was that zombie apocalypse survival map along with several arty and crafty maps, like the Maps Without Maps and Time Shutter. There’s also the now-abandoned Mood of Our Cities Now map, which NBC created …

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