Stuff New Zealand: What happened when Google Maps said my family home was a public park. “Google Maps is one of the greatest innovations of our time. Maps of the entire world, on demand, for free, in your pocket any time you want it. Can you even imagine how jealous Burke and Wills would be of that? Unfortunately, maintaining an accurate map of the entire world is complicated, especially during a housing boom. The world steadfastly refuses to stay the same, and some areas are just wrong.”
MakeUseOf: You Can Now Add Hashtags to Google Maps. “Google Maps is rapidly evolving into a bigger and (potentially) better platform than it has been previously. And the latest feature Google is adding to the Maps mix is hashtags. Yes, Google Maps will soon be awash with hashtags, for better or worse.”
The Verge: Google settled with a contractor after complaints of racial profiling. “Google settled a racial discrimination claim brought by a contractor who says that the company failed to adequately protect him from being ‘treated as a terror suspect,’ while on the job for Google Maps, reports The Guardian.”
India Times: If You Google ‘Bitches Near Me’, It Shows Very Disturbing Results Including PGs & Girls Schools. “What do you do if you don’t know what something means or does or how something works? More often than not you turn to Google. Given its clout and reputation, you expect it to give you accurate results. But don’t count on it.” I’m pretty sure that in this case PG stands for Paying Guest – it’s something like a hostel. India folks, please correct me if I’m off.
The Hindu: A new bank scam using Google Maps loophole. “Scamsters seem to have stumbled upon a gold mine in the form of a loophole in the Google Maps interface. Taking advantage of the fact that on Google Maps, an establishment’s contact details can be edited by anyone, a group of Thane-based con artists have been putting up their own contact numbers and getting customers who call them into revealing sensitive account details.”
Business Insider: Google is updating Maps — and positioning it as a B2C app . “Google launched a slew of new features in its Google My Business app last week in an effort to help businesses better engage with consumers through Google Maps.”
Engadget: Google Maps gets collision and speed trap reports in latest test. “When Google bought Waze back in 2013 it was widely assumed it would only be a matter of time before some of the traffic app’s more popular features made their way onto Maps. It’s taken a while, but now it looks like Google is getting ready to add incident reports — a move suggested by an APK teardown a few months back and, more recently, the appearance of the feature for some Maps users.”