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Twitter Turns Tweets into Crazy Elevation Maps Twitter Turns Tweets into Crazy Elevation Maps
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Twitter has just unveiled an awesome new data visualization. The premise is simple – they took billions of geotagged tweets and turned them into an elevation map. But the execution is beautiful. Right now, there are three cities available to …

Meet (or Don’t Meet, Optimally) a New Anti-Social App, Hell Is Other People Meet (or Don’t Meet, Optimally) a New Anti-Social App, Hell Is Other People

In Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play No Exit, one of the damned souls concludes that “hell is other people.” Nearly 70 years later, that quote has inspired a new app that helps you be as anti-social as possible. The app, Hell …

Google Adds 1,000 New Street View Destinations To Google Maps Google Adds 1,000 New Street View Destinations To Google Maps

Google announced a huge update to its Street View imagery today, with the addition of over 1,000 new locations around the world, including locations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada. “Planning on stopping by Singapore this summer? …

Bing Maps Gets Tons Of New Bird’s Eye Imagery Bing Maps Gets Tons Of New Bird’s Eye Imagery

Bing announced today that it has made some updates to Bing Maps, including the addition of its biggest batch of bird’s eye imagery to date. They’ve added about 270 terabytes of data, which they note is the equivalent of 100,000 …

Google Buys Waze, Who Promises That ‘Nothing Practical Will Change’ Google Buys Waze, Who Promises That ‘Nothing Practical Will Change’

Yesterday, reports emerged that Google was on the verge of buying Israel-based navigation company Waze. Today, it’s official. Google has announced that they’ve closed the acquisition. Both Google and Waze make a point to say that Waze will operate independently …

Google Reportedly Wins Waze Acquisition Google Reportedly Wins Waze Acquisition
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Numerous reports have come out indicating that Google is getting ready to buy Israel-based navigation company Waze. After hearing about Facebook getting ready to buy the company for close to a year, talks between those two companies reportedly fizzled out …

Waze Update Adds Facebook Event Integration & More as Acquisition Rumors Swirl Waze Update Adds Facebook Event Integration & More as Acquisition Rumors Swirl
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With 49 million daily users, Waze has been the topic of some acquisition rumor drama over the past couple of weeks. Rumors that Facebook was in serious talks to buy the Israel-based navigation company have swirled since early May – …

Facebook Not Acquiring Waze, Will Google? Facebook Not Acquiring Waze, Will Google?

Rumors about Facebook trying to acquire Waze have been circulating for close to a year at this point. The rumors picked up steam earlier this month, followed by talks of a bidding war among Facebook, Google and other unspecified companies. …

Google Street View Adds 9/11 Memorial, Hurricane Sandy & Central Park Imagery Google Street View Adds 9/11 Memorial, Hurricane Sandy & Central Park Imagery

Google announced on Wednesday that it has added new New York imagery to Google Maps Street View, including imagery of neighborhoods struck by Hurricane Sandy, a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, and 360-degree imagery of Central Park. “To create a …

Google Launches New Online Mapping Course Google Launches New Online Mapping Course
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Google wants you to teach yourself how to better utilize its various mapping products. Google has just launched registration on a brand new online mapping course that they say will allows interested parties to better “harness the world’s most comprehensive …

Google Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Waze Google Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Waze
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A couple weeks ago, reports came out that Facebook was getting ready to buy mapping/traffic app Waze for up to $1 billion. This was actually an extension of rumors that have been going on for quite some time, dating back …

Googlers Talk Indoor Maps For 40 Minutes [Video] Googlers Talk Indoor Maps For 40 Minutes [Video]
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Google is doing a lot of interesting things with maps these days. Not only do they have a whole new Google Maps experience, but they continue to amaze us on a regular basis with some of their imagery. Google still …

The New Google Maps Is Real, And Here Are All The Cool New Things It Does The New Google Maps Is Real, And Here Are All The Cool New Things It Does
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It has been officially announced. Last week, a couple screen caps of an apparently upcoming Google Maps redesign leaked. While the authenticity of these was questioned, it seemed likely that they were real. Now, it’s pretty much certain than they …

Google Improves Map Accuracy in Thailand, Indonesia Google Improves Map Accuracy in Thailand, Indonesia
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Google announced today that it has improved maps in Thailand and Indonesia as part of a project called Ground Truth, which it started back inn 2008. The project is simply Google’s initiative to prove more comprehensive and accurate maps. “Through …

Google Map Maker Heads To The UK Google Map Maker Heads To The UK
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Google announced the launch of Google Map Maker in the UK, kicking it off with a MapUp workshop in Bletchley Park. Program Manager Satish Mavuri writes in a post on the Google Maps blog: More than 40,000 people around the …

Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of …

Google Runs Afoul of Indian Agency over Mapping Contest Google Runs Afoul of Indian Agency over Mapping Contest
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Google, who is no stranger to international dustups over its maps and street view service, has run afoul of India’s federal mapping agency over a recent project to improve upon the country’s maps. Google first announced the Mapathon back in …

Foursquare Adds Interactive Maps to Android App Foursquare Adds Interactive Maps to Android App

Foursquare has just released an update to their Android app that brings better maps to the explore feature and lets users redefine the parameters of their location searching by zooming in on a specific portion of the map. “We’ve updated …

Facebook’s Gay Marriage Support Map Looks Exactly How You’d Expect It to Look Facebook’s Gay Marriage Support Map Looks Exactly How You’d Expect It to Look
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As you may remember, Facebook was painted red on Tuesday as marriage equality supporters changed their profile pictures to a red and pink equals sign to show their support of the cause. The image was shared by the Human Rights …

Google Street View Takes You to Abandoned Fukushima Town of Namie-machi Google Street View Takes You to Abandoned Fukushima Town of Namie-machi

Google is announcing another batch of fresh Street View imagery, this time coming from Japan. More specifically, Namie-machi, a small city in Fukushima Prefecture that’s in the Fukushima exclusion zone. That means that although years have passed since the nuclear …

Google Takes You Atop the Tallest Mountains in the World with Insane New Street View Imagery Google Takes You Atop the Tallest Mountains in the World with Insane New Street View Imagery

Google has taken its Google Maps team to some awesome places to capture some amazing street view imagery. Recent expeditions that come to mind include treks to the Arctic, the Grand Canyon, and under the sea. But this just might …