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Bing Launches Tour De France Bing Maps App
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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.

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.

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

Google and Bing Launch Health Map Applications
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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.

Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps
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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:

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.

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

Google Testing Hotel Pricing In Maps
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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.

Google Maps Now Has Biking Directions
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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.

Bing Maps Gets Biggest Imagery Update to Date
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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.

Census Bureau Launches Map Powered By Google
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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.

Driving Traffic with MapQuest and its New Search Engine
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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.

Google Expands Maps Into Much More of Africa

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

Bing, Google, and Yahoo All Making Maps More Interesting
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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:

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.

Ticketmaster Testing Online Seat Map Feature

Ticketmaster has begun beta testing a new online "Interactive Seat Maps" for a select number of sports teams.

Interactive Seat Maps allows users to navigate and choose from all seats and configurations. Ticketmaster’s traditional "best available" searches uses computers to search availability one row at a time, the upgraded maps allows people to look for tickets in any part of a venue.

MapQuest Gets its Own Street View
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AOL’s MapQuest has announced the launch of "360 View," a feature that may remind Google users of Google Maps Street view. For now, it’s available for 30 cities and 13 suburbs in the United States, with more on the way.

"We have studied our industry, gleaning tidbits here and there, and polled our customer base in creating a simple, easy-to-use interface that fits seamlessly into the MapQuest mapping experience you have come to know and understand," says MapQuest.

New Google Maps for Android Gets Experimental

Google released Google Maps 3.3 for Android today, which lets users find nearby businesses, try new experimental "Labs" projects, and report problems with map data from their phone.

Users can check to see what businesses are nearby at anytime, by simply long-pressing on the map, tapping the bubble, and going to the option that says "What’s Nearby?". Users will get a menu that shows a business, and it can be clicked on to see more nearby places. The feature can also be accessed from the "My Location" menu or from address search results.

Critical Local Search Factors To Pay Attention To
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Local search is only one sliver of the search marketing game, but it is an increasingly important one, and one that is changing rapidly. These days people are going to the web to find local businesses, sometimes more than even the phone book. Having a presence in local search is imperative for any small business, but just as imperative is being able to compete for visibility.

Bing Launches New Maps with Apps
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Microsoft has announced the launch of a new Bing Maps beta, which incorporates Streetside and Photosynth imagery.

"The new Bing Maps experience also features innovative new mapping applications such as Twitter Maps for real-time updates by area and Local Lens featuring hyperlocal, neighborhood content," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. There are a number of interesting apps available, which is easily the most interesting part about Bing’s new Maps experience: