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Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Following up on YouTube's April Fool's Day prank, Google has launched one of its own. It's similar to its prank last year, when it launched an awesome 8-bit version of its Maps service. This year, Google has transformed Google Maps into a treasure map. In order to access the map, all you have to do is click on "Treasure Mode" on the top right of the Google Maps page. Then you can watch as your location is magically transformed into a treasure map.

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Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

A couple years have passed since the earthquake that devestated Japan and set off a nuclear emergency, resulting in the abandonment of Namie-machi, which is located near the coastline in Fukushima prefecture. The former residents of Namie-machi are still unable to return, but can now take a virtual walk around the place they called home thanks to Google Street View.

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Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Google lets you make your own maps with Maps Engine Lite Beta

Maps are handy items, especially when made to provide specific information that would be otherwise hard to visual or utilize, such as the specific locations of certain items, sites of phenomena, or more. Creating your own map can be tedious depending on the tool, and while businesses have been able to use Google Maps Engine, the average consumer hasn't had an easy way to create their own Google Maps-based map. This changes today, however, with the launch of Maps Engine Lite Beta.

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Google brings live transit data to New York and Salt Lake City

Google brings live transit data to New York and Salt Lake City

Public transportation carries millions upon millions of people to and from their destinations every day, so it makes sense that Google is wanting to bump up its public transit options in Google Maps in order to cater to more users. Case in point: the company just released live transit information for New York City and Salt Lake City, while adding service alerts in Washington DC.

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Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Today Google has released a series of explorations they did in Nepal, showing off some of the highest peaks on the planet and traveling through streets and buildings you and I might never have otherwise have seen. With the fabulous system known as Google Maps Street View, the photo spheres the group took are able to be viewed by you from your desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet at any time! This awesome trek began at Everest Base Camp where the crew rolled out over 70 miles through the mountains and through the towns - through lovely days and real powerful color splashes alike.

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Google breaking up maps and commerce business, SVP joins Google X

Google breaking up maps and commerce business, SVP joins Google X

It seems that Google isn't quite done shaking things up yet. After Andy Rubin stepped down as Android's head and Google Reader getting the ax, it's reported that the company is breaking up its maps and commerce businesses, with the SVP of Geo and Commerce at Google, Jeff Huber stepping down to join the Google X team instead.

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Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

If you've heard about Google's latest fine at the hands of privacy seekers across the USA, you know good and well that their Street View cars are roaming around your neighborhood with their sensors on. But what are we doing to prepare for these traveling information collectors? Apparently not a whole lot, as part of the penalty being leveraged against Google is a requirement that they inform the public how to turn on the security on their own personal wifi hubs.

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Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google has finalized a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over its Street View privacy debacle. The entire issue began because of a "rogue" engineer who activated the wireless collection system on Google's Street View cars. The system tapped into various, unecrypted WiFi networks and obtained very private information from users, including their passwords, emails, website visits, and more.

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Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

For most people, their worst fear is having their private information, like their search history or e-mails, leaked out to the public. While their information wasn't leaked publicly, many people found that their greatest fear almost became a reality when Google Street View cars accidentally came into possession of their passwords, adult-rated web site visits, and e-mails by activating their wireless collection system.

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Google Maps could be banned in Germany due to Microsoft patent lawsuit

Google Maps could be banned in Germany due to Microsoft patent lawsuit

Microsoft has hit Google with a lawsuit over the latter company's use of one of its European patents - EP0845124. Thus far, reports state that Google is on the losing end of the spat, and although the ramifications may not be this severe, its Maps service could be banned in Germany as a result. This info comes from the folks over at FOSS Patents.

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Google Maps for iOS updates with Google Contacts, local search improvements

Google Maps for iOS updates with Google Contacts, local search improvements

Google Maps for iOS received its first major update today. Google Contacts are now integrated into the app, so it'll now show your contacts' addresses on the map when you search for their name. Plus, local search results have been improved, allowing users to narrow down options by choosing from categories like restaurants, etc.

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Google Maps goes inside NFL stadium for first time

Google Maps goes inside NFL stadium for first time

The NFL season may be over, with the Baltimore Ravens being the Super Bowl champions for this year (correctly predicted by EA's Madden NFL game), but Google is giving users even more football action, by taking us inside NFL stadiums for the first time, starting with Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana -- home of the 2006 Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts.

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