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Nokia to Replace Bing Maps Infrastructure?

As you may know, Microsoft and Nokia signed a deal last month, aimed at creating a “third horse” in the smartphone race (alongside Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms [kind of insulting to RIM, no?]). As part of the deal, the two companies indicated that Nokia Maps would become a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services, and would be integrated …

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Google Updates Street View Images In France And Italy

Google said today it has added new Street View imagery to historic sites in Italy and France. Along with seeing the exterior of archaeological sites like the Imperial Forum and the Colosseum in Rome, Street View has added interior views of those landmarks as well. The Google Blog offers more details. “In few clicks you can navigate through centuries of …

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Google Earth Maps Royal Wedding Route

Google said today it has expanded its 3D imagery in Google Earth to include the entire procession route for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London on April 29. Google says the new 3D imagery covers the procession route will allow users to get a “royals’ eye” view of the same sights that Prince William and …

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Zagat Introduces New Website

Restaurant information company Zagat has relaunched its website to include more free content and increased recognition of its user reviews.

“Zagat has always been a brand powered by people and passion. Having listened to our users, we’ve re-envisioned,” said Nina Zagat, Co-Founder, Zagat Survey.


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Libya Protest Tweets Mapped Using Google Maps

An activist has put together a Google Maps mashup, mapping out tweets from those involved in the protests in Libya. 

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Google Celebrates President’s Day With Showcase Map

Google has introduced a U.S. Presidents Showcase to map the birthplaces of all 44 presidents to celebrate President’s Day (also know as Washington’s Birthday).

 In Google Earth, users can see a progression of the states that voted during each president’s election (shaded in red).


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MapQuest Android App Launched

MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.

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Walking Directions Now on MapQuest (Transit Too)

MapQuest announced the availability of both walking directions and transit directions on its service. 

It’s interesting that it has taken this long for MapQuest to get such features, though to be fair, MapQuest did have walking directions available on its MQ4Mobile and Mobile Web apps for a while. But now they’re available on 

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MapQuest Open Roll-out Rolls On

MapQuest’s embrace of user-generated content from a topographical perspective continues with the release of additional editions of MapQuest Open.

By aggregating its data from the OpenStreetMap service, MapQuest Open allows users to interact with their applicable map, which would, according to MapQuest’s blog entry, “indicate rapid change in geographic locations, points of interest and routing.”

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Bing Adds Shopping Mall Maps to Local Results

Bing is now including Bing shopping mall directory maps in Bing Maps. 

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Rand McNally Launches iPhone App

Rand McNally has launched a free new iPhone app called “Explore America” that offers snippets of travel content, photos and videos, destination information and a daily quiz.

Explore America users will receive a “daily adventure,” which includes a description of an interesting place in North America, a locator map, and up to five photos showing the location and information about the area.


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Lots Happening with Bing Maps Today

"Bing Maps just got more useful for developers, bus and train commuters and education advocates everywhere," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. She is referring to a series of announcements Microsoft made today regarding Bing Maps. 

The company released two new Bing mapping apps, made additions to the Bing Transit Map, and released the final Windows Phone 7 SDK which features Bing and Microsoft Advertising.


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Confirmed: Google Buying Quiksee

Update: Quiksee has confirmed the acquisition. The company says on its blog:

We are delighted to announce that Quiksee has been acquired by Google! 

We’ve learned a lot from our previous work at Quiksee, and we look forward to bringing our  experience, creativity and insight to Google. Both Google and Quiksee share the same innovative  vision, and while we can’t share any future product plans, we look forward to the opportunity to  contribute and do great things together in the future. 

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Czechs Put Google Street View On Hold

Czech privacy officials said Tuesday they have stopped Google from gathering new images to update its Street View mapping service.

Street-View The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) turned down for a second time Google’s application to collect personal information in the central European country of 10.5 million, saying the process could break the law.

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Rand McNally Relaunches Its Travel Site

Rand McNally has relaunched its travel website, offering new travel and destination content, video travel guides, and travel services. now features upgraded maps and directions, information on more than 15 million points of interest, more than 2,000 destinations, and offers more than 8,000 video travel guides.

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Google Launches New Major Upgrade to SketchUp

Google has launched a new major version of its 3D modeling tool SketchUp: version 8. This comes ten years after the launch of version 1.

Google says there are over a million people using SketchUp. "That’s a pretty humbling number of 3D model makers," says SketchUp Product Manager John Bacus.

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Google Adds Company Logos to Locations in Google Maps

Google announced a new feature for businesses in Google Maps in the U.S. today. The feature lets businesses include sponsored map icons that appear on the maps themselves. The feature actually began in a pilot program earlier this year in Australia.

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Bing Maps Integration Comes to Hotmail

Microsoft has launched some new Bing Maps integration with Hotmail. When Hotmail users create a new email message, they can insert Bing Maps data.

When a user selects "Maps and Places", a task pane opens, which lets you add new locations or interact with previously defined locations. It will default to the address you have in your Windows live profile. If you add a new place, you can store it in a Bing Maps collection and pick it from a list later.

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MapQuest Lets You Send Locations To Your Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury

AOL’s MapQuest announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company today, in which MapQuest users will be able to search for destinations from the MapQuest site, and send them directly to their Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury vehicles (so long as they are equipped with the SYNC Traffic, Directions and Information service).

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TomTom Taps Localeze for Local Business Listings

Localeze and TomTom have announced a partnership in which TomTom will have access to Localeze’s 14 million U.S. local search business listings for categorized points of interest. TomTom will make this content available for location content and navigation apps developers and device manufacturers.

"The number of GPS-enabled LBS subscribers is expected to take a big leap in coming years with market revenue reaching around US$ 9.8 Billion in 2013," a representative for Localeze tells WebProNews.

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Bing Maps Gets Interface Enhancements

Microsoft has launched an update to the Bing Maps interface today aimed at improving readability and aesthetics.

The new interface uses cool colors, which Bing says creates a more visually appealing backdrop, helping content "pop" on the map, and provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels, and traffic overlays.

There are new labels with larger fonts for major streets. This eliminates the need for bolding, and less attractive glows while allowing users to quickly find locations in a relevant format, Bing says.

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Bing Maps Gets OpenStreetMap App

Microsoft has launched a new Bing Maps app for OpenStreetMap. The app adds a layer on Bing Maps as a new style option.

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Google Maps Being Featured On Virgin Flights

The Red Touch-Screen Entertainment Platform Upgrades Include an Open Tab Service, Next Gen Google Maps and the First-Ever Digital In-Flight Shopping Platform. With this latest upgrade, travelers access to a host of new amenities, including next generation, enhanced terrain view Google Maps, an open tab service for the airline’s one-of-a-kind on-demand menu and the first ever seatback in-flight digital shopping platform.

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Android Users Can Launch Google Places As Its Own App

Google has released Google Maps for mobile version 4.4, and this comes with a new dedicated "Places" icon designed to make it easier to find nearby places with updated Place Pages.

The icon appears on Android-powered devices in the app launcher along with all of the other apps. This way you can go right to Places from the homescreen if you choose to add it.

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Mapquest Continues Improving New Design

Mapquest recently rolled out a complete redesign, but it didn’t stop there. This week, the site made some additional adjustments, such as Full Map View and zoom via mouse scroll.

With Full Map View, users can now collapse the left pane to view a map that’s as wide as the browser window. "This is a great option for those of you that are visual and like to see as much map as possible," says Mapquest’s Ann Koerner.

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Virgin America Flights Get Enhanced Google Maps Data

Google announced today that it has completely updated the Google Maps data on the touchscreens of airplane seats on Virgin America.

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Google Improves Border Accuracy in Google Maps

Google has launched some improvements to its borders for over 60 countries and regions in Google Maps (coming to Google Earth soon).

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MapQuest Greatly Expands Coverage of Live Traffic

MapQuest announced that it has expanded its live traffic coverage. It now includes over a quarter-million miles of roads in major North American cities.

MapQuest is now including "key" arterials and city streets. The goal of this is to provide users with more information to make better decisions about alternate cross-town routes.

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MapQuest Makes Improvements to Route Planner

MapQuest announced that it has enhanced its Route Planner product with some new features. Route Planner is a tool that lets users plan trips that include up to 26 stops, giving the quickest route and most efficient order for those stops.

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Bing Launches Tour De France Bing Maps App

Microsoft’s Bing has been doing some really interesting things with Bing Maps, and more specifically Bing Maps Apps. This week, the company launched a new map app for the Tour De France, which starts today and runs through July 25th.

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Bing Launches Facebook Maps App

Bing has launched a new Facebook Maps apps, which a Bing representative tells WebProNews uses Facebook APIs to pull in your friend’s information from Facebook. It lets you see your Facebook friends right in Bing Maps.

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Google Maps Coming To OnStar

OnStar and Google have reached a deal that will let OnStar users search for and find places using Google Maps and send those destinations to the Turn-by-Turn Navigation service in their vehicles.

OnStar eNav will be available on Google Maps at the end of June. Users can access the destinations at any time and get OnStar directions to the destination from wherever they are.


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Bing Maps Gets New Features, SDK for Apps

Microsoft announced some new additions to Bing maps today. These additions, the company says, will benefit both developers and end-users.

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Google and Bing Launch Health Map Applications

Today both Google and Bing released some health-related map applications. These releases coincide with the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosting their Community Health Data Forum event.

Google’s contribution includes a Google Fusion Tables project and customized map showing information from HHS. For example, you can see a map of "heart friendly" and "people friendly" hospitals.

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Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps

Yahoo and Nokia officially announced a partnership, which has been expected for several days.

The two companies, which have collaborated for five years,  will provide consumers with e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services. Specifically under the partnership:

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Google Maps Gets More Useful on BlackBerry

Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for BlackBerry devices today. There are quite a few significant features that come along with it.

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Bing Launches Maps Apps for World Tour, Oodle, Foursquare

Microsoft launched a few new apps for Bing Maps today: the World Tour App, the Oodle App and the Foursquare App.

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Google Testing Hotel Pricing In Maps

Google is experimenting with a new feature in Google Maps that allows a small portion of users to view specific prices for selected hotel listings.

By searching for hotels on Google Maps, users will be able to plug-in dates they plan to stay and see prices on selected listings.

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Google Maps Now Has Biking Directions

Google has partnered with Rails-to-Trails (RTC), a nonprofit focused on creating a network of trails from former rail lines, to add biking directions to Google Maps.

Google Maps now has biking route details for more than 150 U.S. cities covering more than 12,000 miles of trails and bike lanes. Google says it plans to continue to add new trail information to Google Maps and is requesting feedback from riders via the "Report a Problem" tool.

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Bing Maps Gets Biggest Imagery Update to Date

Microsoft is rolling out the largest imagery update to Bing Maps to date, adding 6.7 million square kilometers of new imagery, a representative for Bing tells WebProNews.

The update includes new aerial imagery for the Russian Federation, Australia, Mexico and most places in the US where there is existing black and white imagery. "There is also a notable addition of Bird’s Eye Imagery for Sweden," the rep says.

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Census Bureau Launches Map Powered By Google

The U.S. Census Bureau said today it has launched a new online mapping tool detailing how well communities responded to the 2000 Census in an effort to raise awareness for the upcoming 2010 Census.

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Driving Traffic with MapQuest and its New Search Engine

Local business search is becoming more of an area of great focus by search providers as time goes on. Google, especially, has been working overtime on providing new features that can help users find local businesses of interest. AOL’s MapQuest has been working on improving its own business search functionality, which we talked to the company a little about.

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Google Expands Maps Into Much More of Africa

Google is expanding Google Maps into 30 African countries where it was not previously available.

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Bing, Google, and Yahoo All Making Maps More Interesting

At TED, Microsoft unveiled some new features for Bing Maps. "This work builds on the idea of spatial search that Microsoft discussed in December when the company launched its new version of Bing Maps," a representative for Microsoft tells WebProNews.

Some of the new features are available today, but some you will have to wait on a little bit. Microsoft highlights the following new features:

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Microsoft Pulls Bing Maps Site Out of Beta

Microsoft has removed the beta tag from the Bing Maps Silverlight site. This means, at least according to Microsoft, that users can expect greater reliability, supportability, and further innovation.

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