Loch Ness Google Maps: what is the street view picture glitch, why has it gone viral – and has it been sorted? (The Scotsman)

The Scotsman: Loch Ness Google Maps: what is the street view picture glitch, why has it gone viral – and has it been sorted?. “Google Maps users were met with the unexpected when they tried to look up the famous loch via the app’s street view mode. Instead of an image of the striking Scottish landscape, they found a selfie of a naked man standing on what appeared to be the patio of an apartment.”

Yahoo News: Google Maps updates Ben Nevis route after complaints about ‘potentially fatal’ path

Yahoo News: Google Maps updates Ben Nevis route after complaints about ‘potentially fatal’ path. “Google has updated a Ben Nevis route in its mapping service after complaints it had suggested a ‘potentially fatal’ path for walkers. The tech giant denied its map offered dangerous directions for people on foot but did admit driving routes could be misinterpreted at the mountain in Scotland.” According to the article I linked to a few days ago, locals attempting to contact Google about this were ignored. Glad to see that news articles about the problem got them to change things before someone died.

The New Indian Express: Miscreants use markers on Google Map to take on Nalin Kumar Kateel over Pumpwell flooding

The New Indian Express: Miscreants use markers on Google Map to take on Nalin Kumar Kateel over Pumpwell flooding. “The Pumpwell ghost has made a comeback to haunt state BJP president and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel. Some miscreants have put misleading markers such as ‘Pumpwall – The Great Wall of Pumpwell’ and ‘Nalin Kumar Seasonal Lake’ on the Google Map and the screenshots of the map have since gone viral on social media. The markers are seen as a swipe at Nalin in the wake of the recent flooding at the Pumpwell Flyover following heavy rains.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

The Bridge Chronicle: Pune bizman dies by drowning after Google Map reveals the wrong path

The Bridge Chronicle: Pune bizman dies by drowning after Google Map reveals the wrong path. “A Chinchwad-based businessman died by drowning after his car went under the backwater of a dam in Akole tehsil of Nagar district on Saturday (January 9) early morning. His two other friends accompanying him managed to escape and save their lives. The businessman was driving the car and relied on the closest route shown by Google Maps while they were enroute Kalsubai – a mountain in the Western Ghats and the highest point in Maharashtra with its summit situated at an elevation of 1,646 metre – for a trek.”

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks. “In a Google Maps update rolled out in July, it concedes a number of driveways and private tracks have been listed in ‘error’, despite not appearing on council or LINZ records. Whangarei farmer James Buckland said he had made many attempts to get his 2 kilometre driveway removed from the app with Google’s Report a Problem tool. He said it was disconcerting not knowing who might be up the back of his property with guns, or bringing dogs near his livestock.”

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.”

Toronto Star: Google pens Twitter ode to Scarborough after depicting it as a semi-collapsed house

Toronto Star: Google pens Twitter ode to Scarborough after depicting it as a semi-collapsed house. “A week ago, the tech giant sparked outrage among Torontonians when users discovered that a cursory search of the word ‘Scarborough’ in Google led to a sad photo of a semi-collapsed house. The company promptly removed the photo, and on Wednesday, Google Canada posted a series of tweets expressing its affection for the natural beauty and local institutions that it may have initially overlooked.”

The West Australian: Google Shifts Norseman

The West Australian: Google Shifts Norseman. “A Google Maps glitch left tourists from Victoria scratching their heads when they arrived in the mining town of Norseman, only for the app to tell them they still had another 142km to go. According to Google, the small town, 200km south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, is actually 118km west as the crow flies in the middle of nowhere.”