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Google Maps opens North Korea

Google Maps opens North Korea

Google Maps has begun to fill in the blanks on North Korea, using crowd-sourced geography data to add roads and city data about the secretive country. The new information has been gathered though Google Map Maker, the search giant's tool to allow road names, points-of-interest, new routes, and cartographical errors to be manually added and amended by users themselves. The North Korean data has been several years in the making, Google says.

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Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google spent a lot of time in the last part of 2012 improving its iOS app offerings through updates, and today we're hearing that those updates did quite a bit to boost market share. Though many of Google's apps will of course always be popular regardless of the platform, the company's iOS apps are looking pretty good going into 2013. Onavo Insights today published a list of the Google iOS apps that saw their market share grow as 2012 came to a close, with YouTube and Google Maps perhaps making some of the biggest gains.

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comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

According to the latest comScore Mobile Metrix ranking working with the audiences of the top mobile apps in the USA, Facebook has taken a relatively massive leap ahead of Google Maps through 2012 to become the top app in the USA. This listing includes polling of users aged 18 years or older on both iOS and Android devices with a time frame between March and December of 2012, and you'll find that this isn't the first month in which Facebook has taken the lead. Google Maps and Facebook have been nearly neck-and-neck since the earliest results from March of 2012, with Google Maps in the lead until September where usage of Google's mapping solution appears to take a bit of a fall off of a cliff while Facebook continues to steadily rise.

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Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

A Street View image in Botswana shows a donkey lying on its side on a dirt road over tire tracks, which prompted rumors that one of Google's Street View vehicles ran over the animal. As one backs away from the animal in Google Maps, it can be seen in various states of distress in each frame. Google has responded to the claims, saying that it has reviewed the footage and that the animal was not harmed.

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Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone

Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone

Yesterday, we reported that Google was redirecting Windows Phone users who tried to access maps.google.com to Search instead. Google has offered an explanation, stating that the redirect was in place because Internet Explorer mobile on Windows Phones provided a lackluster experience. In light of improvements with the browser, however, Google says that it is now in the process of taking down the redirect.

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