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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 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 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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Apple adds and expands Maps flyover in 30 cities

Apple adds and expands Maps flyover in 30 cities

While it may not seem noticeable at first, Apple is continuing to update its Maps app with the addition and expansion of features. Case in point, within the past couple of months, Apple has added and expanded its flyover feature in 30 cities around the world, including locations like Indianapolis, Indiana and Glasgow in Scotland.

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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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Bing Maps updated with 13 million square kilometers of updated imagery

Bing Maps updated with 13 million square kilometers of updated imagery

Microsoft has announced that Bing Maps has received a major update, with in excess of 13 million square kilometers of satellite imagery being updated. With the updates, the base satellite imagery is now comprised of 15 meters per pixel, giving a high-resolution look at the world from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device.

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Google announces Mapathon 2013 in India, offers prize incentives

Google announces Mapathon 2013 in India, offers prize incentives

Google is trying to ramp up Maps in India by holding its first mapping competition in the country - Mapathon 2013. The mission? For users to add destinations and more to Maps via Google Map Maker. Those who participate could end up being awarded with one of a few different items, including an Android tablet, smartphone, gift voucher, or Google merchandise.

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Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Before Apple released their own free mapping solution, a lot of iOS users resorted to third-party apps that offered free GPS turn-by-turn navigation, and Waze was one of the few that many users turned to. Now that Google Maps and Apple Maps are available, Waze has been becoming less important for travelers. However, the company has reported that in 2012 alone, 500 million map edits were made by 65,000 users.

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Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Back in October, we reported that the Google Maps Street View team took to the Grand Canyon to capture imagery from the beautiful landmark with their new Trekker camera backpacks. Today, Google has released the Street View imagery in all of its panoramic glory. Over 9,500 images of Grand Canyon were taken by the Google Maps team.

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Apple talks iOS Maps improvements, user base

Apple talks iOS Maps improvements, user base

Apple had a great first quarter of 2013, but the company hasn't forgotten about the few rough spots from the year prior. One of these rough spots was the launch of Maps, which came with the roll out of iOS 6. Despite a few stumbles, Apple is looking forward, with Tim Cook saying today in the company's earnings call that Apple is constantly improving Maps, and that it won't stop until the service lives up to "our incredibly high standards."

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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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Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

The rumorsphere is alight with speculation that Apple is in advanced acquisition talks with Waze, with sources saying that Apple is trying to talk the company's price down to somewhere in the half-billion dollar range. Apple already uses Waze as a data partner with its monumentally flawed Maps application. Waze is unique in that it provides social traffic data gathered from drivers.

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