Delhi Police Bust Jamtara Phishing Gang: Google-listed fake bank customer care toll-free number used to dupe people (DNA India)

DNA India: Delhi Police Bust Jamtara Phishing Gang: Google-listed fake bank customer care toll-free number used to dupe people. “The Delhi Police busted an online cyber phishing gang from Jamtara in Jharkhand. The gang used to phish off all the amount from people’s accounts after obtaining the registered phone number and bank details. The gang obtained the phone number and other details by registering a fake toll-free customer care number of banks or payment wallets on google phone listings.”

CNET: Here’s how Google Maps uses AI to predict traffic and calculate routes

CNET: Here’s how Google Maps uses AI to predict traffic and calculate routes. “On Thursday, Google shared how it uses artificial intelligence for its Maps app to predict what traffic will look like throughout the day and the best routes its users should take. The tech giant said it analyzes historical traffic patterns for roads over time and combines the database with live traffic conditions to generate predictions.”

Analytics India: This AI Startup Aims To Be The Google Maps For The Emerging Market

Analytics India: This AI Startup Aims To Be The Google Maps For The Emerging Market. “Emerging markets can be more complicated than developed economies in terms of cultures, use of different languages, densely populated cities, poor infrastructure, hyperlocal nuances and more. Ajay Bulusu, Gaurav Bubna and Shaolin Zheng, former employees of Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant, Grab understood these challenges and are now trying to solve these complexities using AI. With Nextbillion.ai, founded in 2020, they are on a mission to be the world’s most hyperlocal AI company.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps error sees Toowoomba Showground listed on a road that doesn’t actually exist

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps error sees Toowoomba Showground listed on a road that doesn’t actually exist. “Google has taken a photo of the front entry of the Toowoomba showgrounds, and captured a sign inside the gates with the name Frank Thomas Avenue. The problem is that road does not actually exist — it is instead a driveway sign that recognises the contribution of a past volunteer when he planted trees on the site.”

Travel Weekly: Brisbane River renamed ‘Ithaca Creek’ in bizarre Google Maps glitch

Travel Weekly: Brisbane River renamed ‘Ithaca Creek’ in bizarre Google Maps glitch. “The requests of young Aidan Ameer, who spends much of his time reportedly poring over maps, and even had a Google Maps cake for his eighth birthday, have seen a glitch emerge on Google Maps…. Ameer explained that the family live by a creek that was listed as the Brisbane River, so Aiden set about trying to get it corrected, with Google responding that it would look into the issue. ‘A few months later we’ve noticed now that yes, the creek next to us is now called Ithaca Creek, which is good. He’s really happy about that,’ [Ismaan Ameer] told ABC Radio Brisbane. But Aidan and his father soon noticed that the renaming had stretched much further than the creek, with ‘everywhere that used to be called Brisbane River’ also renamed Ithaca Creek.”

CanIndia News: Google unveils new California wildfire map in Search, SOS alerts

CanIndia News: Google unveils new California wildfire map in Search, SOS alerts. “As the devastating wildfires tore through Northern California, Google on Thursday launched a new wildfire boundary map in Search and Maps SOS alerts to provide deeper insights for areas impacted by an ongoing wildfire.”

CNET: Google Maps update includes more colorful images and sidewalk info

CNET: Google Maps update includes more colorful images and sidewalk info. “In addition to helping you find your way, the latest Google Maps update will help you know more details about any given area at a glance. Starting this week, Google will shade maps with colors based on satellite imagery so you can easily tell the difference between forests and beaches. The update will be available worldwide and will cover a variety of natural and manmade features.”

CNET: Google will help you find Black-owned businesses

CNET: Google will help you find Black-owned businesses. “Google is adding new ways to help users find and support Black-owned businesses, the search giant said Thursday. US merchants with a verified Google Business Profile can now add a Black-owned business attribute to their profile so customers can see that it’s Black-owned when they find that business through Google Search and Maps, according to a blog post.”

Neowin: Google Maps now reminds users in the U.S. to wear a mask before going out

Neowin: Google Maps now reminds users in the U.S. to wear a mask before going out. “The feature reminds people to wear a mask outside their homes, especially in public hubs where the chance of contracting or transmitting the virus is high. It’s found within the Explore tab, where a banner tells users: ‘Wear a mask. Save lives.’ Under that banner, there’s a small button that links to Google’s coronavirus website, providing more information about COVID-19.”

CNET: Google Map revamps its bike routes for easy riding

CNET: Google Map revamps its bike routes for easy riding. “To help people get around this summer in an eco-friendly — and healthy — way, Google Maps has added new features to its offerings for cyclists. Users can now access the most up-to-date bike routes generated by machine learning algorithms, as well as data from government authorities and community contributions.”

DubaiLad: Has Palestine Really Been Removed From Google And Apple Maps?

DubaiLad: Has Palestine Really Been Removed From Google And Apple Maps?. “Palestine is a small region of land around 2,400 sare miles in size and is recognised as the State of Palestine by the United Nations. But it’s not officially represented on Google Maps. And while it’s often referred to as the region between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, and can include Gaza Strip and the West Bank, there isn’t an official border. Which has lead to controversy in the region over who owns the land.”

Stuff NZ: Hacker renames high school on Google search page as ‘strip club’

Stuff NZ: Hacker renames high school on Google search page as ‘strip club’. “End of term high-spirits over the weekend saw a Marlborough high school’s Google My business profile changed to ‘strip club’. On Saturday, a Google search of Marlborough Girls’ College, in Blenheim, revealed the profile had been renamed ‘Marlborough Girls’ Strip Club’.” Why, in the year 2020, is it still so easy to do this?

Google Blog: Get around safely with these new Google Maps features

Google Blog: Get around safely with these new Google Maps features. “Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule. Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both essential workers who need to safely navigate to work and will become more important for everyone as countries around the world begin to reopen. In our latest release of Google Maps on Android and iOS, we’re introducing features to help you easily find important information if you need to venture out, whether it’s by car or public transportation.”

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America. “One of the many ways people are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement is by supporting Black-owned businesses. One Canadian publisher is making this especially easy for book lovers across North America. Don Gorman, the publisher of Rocky Mountain Books, has created a map displaying more than 250 bookstores across Canada and the United States that are Black-owned and operated.”