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Google Maps, Uber, Google Ventures: Driving Profit

Google Maps, Uber, Google Ventures: Driving Profit

The group known as Google Ventures operates "entirely" separate from Google. Google Ventures operates independently from Google, that is, and it makes entirely financially-driven decisions with how it invests its money. This week Google Maps was updated to include an Uber link in its suggestions for how you might take public transport from one place to the other.

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Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

If you’re working with Google Maps for driving - or for being driven - this week’s update is going to change the way you do so. An update has been released - and will continue to release in increments over the next week - which allows Uber interaction for Google Maps users. This speaks volumes about how connected to Google Uber really is.

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Google rewarding ‘Pokemon Masters’ with something secret

Google rewarding ‘Pokemon Masters’ with something secret

One of Google’s better April Fools’ day surprises this year was a Pokemon game inside of Maps. It was a pretty straightforward hide-and-seek game, done digitally, with Pokemon hiding all over the globe. Now it seems anyone who took the time to catch them all might be in for a cool title and prize from Google!

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Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps has added a time machine, adding historical photos from earlier Street View captures that allow users to scroll back and see how locations have changed. Street Video media collection has been underway since 2007, giving Google plenty of old imagery to choose from, and allowing for an insight into how building projects and the shifting seasons affect different places.

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Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed its phone business, but in how it’s constructing the next-generation of mapping data that’s clever enough to give Google Maps sleepless nights. The HERE team calls it an "HD Map" - taking traditional cartography and putting it on steroids - and it’s one of the main pillars the Nokia platform of tomorrow is expected to stand on.

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It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

With respect to the Google Doodles archive of every Doodle since the year 1998, I must request that Google archive the Google Maps Pokemon Adventure as well. It’s likely Nintendo wouldn’t have people continuing to use their Pokemon characters for much longer than a week or two outside their immediate jurisdiction, but it would be so, so very nice if they would have a change of heart.

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Google’s Night Walk is an immersive evening tour of Marseille

Google’s Night Walk is an immersive evening tour of Marseille

One of the best reasons to use Google Maps is to explore areas you may not otherwise visit regularly, if at all. A new project named “Night Walk” offers up a tour of Marseille, as if you were strolling the streets and back alleys on a warm summer evening. Street art and points of interest are highlighted along the way, with an immersive audio guide bring the experience to life.

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Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

It should come as no surprise that once the Pokemon Adventure April Fools’ Day joke created by Google Maps creators was "finished", enough interest had been generated to inspire an extension. Thanks to Google’s own non-official version of Professor Oak, every user who’d caught 5 or more Pokemon will be given the chance to continue to hunt.

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Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps isn't just driving directions and traffic any more; Google has taken another tour to off-the-beaten-path locations with new Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, adding digital renderings of over 100 local temples. Featuring more than 90,000 panoramas of the external designs, the interior, and close-ups of individual carvings, the new content saw Google take its Street View photography equipment to historic sites most would never see.

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Google Maps “search nearby” feature re-added

Google Maps “search nearby” feature re-added

Google has returned the much-missed "Search nearby" feature to Google Maps, restoring the ability to search for nearby points-of-interest and businesses around a location on the map. Quietly added back and announced earlier today - though overshadowed by Google's Pokemon hunt on Google Maps for April Fools' Day - the feature is again available from the drop-down search result menu.

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Dual-screen Nexus gaming teased by Google Maps Pokemon

Dual-screen Nexus gaming teased by Google Maps Pokemon

There’s nothing like a good April Fool’s joke to make you lose hope that something impossible could be possible. Today it’s inside Google’s new Maps Pokemon video, showing here a dual-screen Nexus device - or at least two Nexus 5 smartphones being held up one next to the other for some dual-screen Pokemon action.

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Google Maps included fake anti-piracy town “Agloe”

Google Maps included fake anti-piracy town “Agloe”

Piracy has been around far longer than its association with digital pilfering, and efforts to protect against it varied depending on the industry. For those who made maps, the issue of having one's mapping work pirated was especially troublesome due to the difficulty in proving theft. It was this quandary that prompted the subtle inclusion of a fake city on one map in particular, something that spawned an unusual chain reaction leading to an eventual (temporary) inclusion in Google Maps.

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