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Did MSN Virtual Earth Lose Apple’s HQ?

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This weekend, Microsoft unveiled their online mapping service, Virtual Earth. This particular map service gives users a number of options when it comes to online map usability. However, it seems the developers of MSN’s latest project may have erred and not necessarily on the side of caution.

According to the The Register’s humorously titled piece, apparently, MSN deleted the Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, which is located in Cupertino, California. Or perhaps they are using dated images. Whatever the reason, when users search for Apple’s building, they are quickly informed of something quite interesting: the building is nowhere to be found.

Could this be a case of over-competiveness rearing its head? Or is MSN merely using dated images for the aerial photo portion of Virtual Earth? I tend to go with the latter, but when you consider the Microsoft employee ban on using the word “podcasting” (in favor of the term “blogcasting”), it tends to get the consipiracy juices flowing. However, another piece of The Register’s article almost clearly shows Virtual Earth is using a dated image index when providing aerial photos, apparently the World Trade Center is still present on Virtual Earth’s representation of Manhattan.

This is something I couldn’t confirm myself (not for a lack of brief looking, however), but if anyone has a link to this unfortunate inclusion, please send me a link. One can imagine that if images of the Twin Towers are still present in the MSN’s map service, they would be removed as soon as someone from Redmond realized this egregious error.

Thanks to Chris Canjar for pointing this out.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.

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