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Why People Keep Trying To Erase The Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognisable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms in the hills, in plain sight. By removing it from Google Maps.


These Two Guys Want To Turn The Entire Planet Into A Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in Los Angeles (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: How do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the air?


Google And Microsoft Are Mapping Favelas So They Can Sell Things There

The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil’s favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country’s residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths.


A Map Of Every Device In The World That's Connected To The Internet

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.


Watch How Open-Source OpenStreetMap Mapped The Globe In Just 7 Years

A decade ago, OpenStreetMap launched as a free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools you may encounter on the internet. Turns out that the collaborative experiment worked exceptionally well, and thanks to a new site, you can see for yourself how the Wikipedia of mapping has covered the whole planet.


Scientists Are Mapping The Ocean's Plastic, Because 99% Is Missing

Last week, some strange news swept the science internet: Much of the plastic scientists expected to find on the ocean’s surface is gone, and no one knows exactly where it is. Now the scientists behind the research have shared a first-of-its-kind map of ocean plastic with National Geographic--and it could be key to solving the mystery.


Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps

Good thing it’s almost the holiday weekend and you don’t need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here’s the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own geographic story.


This Company Uses Earth's Magnetic Field To See Inside Buildings

In some ways, it’s an ominous pitch. By measuring the “magnetic fingerprint” of any building in the world, the Finnish company IndoorAtlas can conjure up a startlingly precise indoor map of any building. It’s technology that sci-fi has dreamt of for decades. But instead of surveillance, it’s being used for shopping.


This App Lets Friends Track Your Bike Rides To Make Sure You're Safe

RoadID has long made various fitness trackers and ID systems which help you monitor and map your rides. But their app has an interesting new feature called “eCrumb,” which allows you to share your progress with your friends and family — or contact them in an emergency.


Drone Mapping Lost Pyramids In The Andes

When Gizmodo last checked in with archaeologist Mark Willis, he was assembling huge 36GB panoramic photographs of ancient rock art in the wilds of west Texas; now he’s flying drones over ancient pyramids in the Andes.