Gizmodo: An Old Satellite Dish Found On Google Maps Is Becoming West Africa’s First Radio Telescope. “There are telescopes in all sorts of places — Hawaii, the desolate Chilean desert, heck, there’s even one at the South Pole. But Africa has plenty of old telecommunications dishes poised to serve a new purpose. And now, one of those dishes in Ghana is being turned into the first African radio telescope outside South Africa.”
Gadgets360: Google Maps to Be Used by Pakistan in Afghan Border Dispute . “Pakistan and Afghanistan plan on using Google Maps to help resolve a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, a senior Pakistani security source said Monday. At least eight civilians were killed on both sides in fighting that began when a Pakistani census team accompanied by soldiers visited disputed villages along the southern border on Friday.”
Techly: Tourists in Norway are being directed disastrously by Google Maps. “Hundreds of tourists in Norway go on the search for the stunning Preikestolen cliff formation, better known as Pulpit Rock. Now unlike their predecessors, they opt for using trusty Google Maps, over an atlas to get them there. This has become a slight issue as Google Maps has proven to not be a reliable orienteer and instead is sending hundreds of tourists to the tiny village of Fossmork, 30 kilometres away from the actual cliffs.”
Google Research Blog: Updating Google Maps with Deep Learning and Street View. “Every day, Google Maps provides useful directions, real-time traffic information and information on businesses to millions of people. In order to provide the best experience for our users, this information has to constantly mirror an ever-changing world. While Street View cars collect millions of images daily, it is impossible to manually analyze more than 80 billion high resolution images collected to date in order to find new, or updated, information for Google Maps. One of the goals of the Google’s Ground Truth team is to enable the automatic extraction of information from our geo-located imagery to improve Google Maps.”
Oh, Google Maps. The Age: Google Maps has shifted Collins Street to the middle of Africa. “Google Maps has moved one of Melbourne’s busiest streets to the outskirts of Ghana, Africa. But don’t take our word for it – try it for yourself. Open up a new window and type ‘Collins Street’ into Google.” Just typing Collins Street didn’t work for me here in the US – I got a bakery in Texas – but typing Collins Street Melbourne – hey, it’s Ghana!
TorrentFreak: Spammers Populate Google Maps With Pirate Links. “Spammers are using Google Maps to promote pirated content. Thousands of links to pirate sites have appeared on the platform in recent months. Copyright holders are not happy with this unintended use and are targeting the pages with various takedown notices. Whether Google Maps search results will be downranked is doubtful though.”
The Google Maps “timeline” feature is now available on iOS. “What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well.”