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Cambodia's Angkor Wat Might Be The Prettiest Street View Yet

Fresh out of Cambodia, Angkor Wat is the latest addition to Google Maps’ already considerable portfolio of beautiful places you can explore using Street View. It’s one of the most stunning places on the entire planet, and Google stepped up its game accordingly.


Google Maps Stays Neutral By Only Showing Your Side In Border Disputes

Border disputes are still going on in a bunch of places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world’s favourite online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you the border you most likely want to see based on where you’re Googling from.


You Are Here: The 'Australians' Who Built Google Maps, And Changed The World Forever

A big clock is ticking before his eyes. A wave of awkward yet supportive laughter washes over the crowd. It’s the final dose of calming energy Lars Rasmussen needed to settle into his groove up there on the stage. He’s looking down at his slide remote now, with that big TEDx logo beaming back at him from the illuminated floor. Lars just told everyone that he’s imagining them naked to try and relax about speaking, and with the chuckles he’s ready. Like a bright red ‘You Are Here’ marker on the map of his life, Lars is centred, and ready to tell his story. He built the future once, with the help of his brother and a small company called Google. The future of Maps came from right here in Australia, and with the help of Lars, it served to shine a light down the road at the next 10 years of navigation innovation for mere mortals like you and me. This is the journey.


Now You Can Help Search For The Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers.


This Is What It Sounds Like To Intercept FBI And Secret Service Calls

Just yesterday, we posted about Bryan Seely, a man willing to speak about the copious manipulation of Google Maps that’s seriously affecting small businesses. Seely had since spoken about a more dire vulnerability in Google Maps, which allowed him to tap calls to the FBI and Secret Service. Turns out, the FBI and Secret Service get some quite mundane calls.


FBI And Secret Service Phone Calls Intercepted By Google Maps Exploit

Yesterday, when Bryan Seely showed me his various Google Maps exploits, he showed me more than just dick jokes and fake businesses. Using these tricks, Seely was also able to set up a system that could surreptitiously record phone calls to the FBI and Secret Service. And he actually did it.


The Coolest Cartography In Google's New Maps Gallery

Google just launched a Maps Gallery, a centralised atlas of maps created by governments, non-profits and other organisations. Although it’s still a nascent project, there’s already a lot of interesting finds in there.


It's Ridiculously Easy To Troll Google Maps With Fake Listings

Trust the listings you find on Google Maps? You shouldn’t, because it’s easy to fake them. That’s what Google Maps exploiter Bryan Seely demonstrated for me this morning. And while trolling politicians with dick jokes is never not funny, there’s also a whole sub-community of scammers turning Google Map’s little bugs into cold, hard cash.


Is This The Geekiest Mural Ever?

The Google Maps pin is iconic: bold and simple, yet incredibly memorable. And emblazoned on the side of a Danish building in twinkling metallic form, it might just be the geekiest mural ever.


This Is What Happened When Google Raced Top Gear In A Street View Car

Street View cars may be packed with technology, but how do they do on a race track? This video shows what happened when the guys at Google decided to go race the folks at Top Gear.