Search Engine Journal: WP Google Maps Plugin Vulnerable to SQL Injection Exploit. “A high priority update was issued by WP Google Maps WordPress plugin to fix a vulnerability. The plugin could allow a malicious hacker to take control of a website. It is highly recommended that users of this plugin update to the latest version. Failure to do so may expose your site to a SQL Injection attack.”
Google Blog: Sssnakes on a map. “Google Maps shows you how to get around on foot, car, train and bicycle, and now, you can ssslither to your destination too. Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select ‘Play Snake’ to get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia (boy bands, fanny packs and slap bracelets not included).” I played this on the standalone site to confirm that yes, it does exist.
Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake. “If you work with attorneys, you may have noticed recently that there is a massive amount of spam that seems to be growing like weeds in Google’s local results. Let me explain what I mean. This was a search done earlier this week in a prominent zip code in Manhattan, New York. All three of these listings in the three-pack are fake.”
The Quint: Google Maps Now Lets You Add Events For Users to See: How it Works. “Google Maps is a resourceful platform and it’s getting even more helpful with this new feature spotted on the Android app. The navigation part of Maps has been used by millions of users on a daily basis and soon, they will be able to add events in a location with photos and even mark the website connected to the event.”
CTV News: Google Maps warning drivers of some photo radar cameras. “While directing drivers on when and where to turn to get to a destination, Google Maps is also giving a little direction on safety. A feature currently being rolled out sees a verbal warning shared to drivers approaching a fixed speed camera, saying ‘speed camera ahead’ in an automated voice.”
Google Blog: Now in more cities: Lime bikes and scooters on Google Maps. “Starting this week, you can see nearby Lime scooters, pedal bikes and e-bikes right from the transit tab on Google Maps in over 80 new cities around the world. When you need to travel short distances or that last mile, Google Maps can tell you if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, an estimate of how much your ride could cost, along with your total journey time and ETA.”
Search Engine Land: Google opens complaint form to crack down on fake info in Maps. “Marissa Nordahl, a Google My Business Community Manager announced that Google launched a new form named the Business Redressal Complaint Form that will allow searchers and users to ‘report fraudulent activity relating to businesses Google Maps,’ she said.”