India Today: Google Maps ‘plus code’ is allowing Kerala flood victims to share their exact location even without internet

India Today: Google Maps ‘plus code’ is allowing Kerala flood victims to share their exact location even without internet. “In a statement released by Google on Saturday, it was revealed that Kerala flood victims can now use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them.”

AP: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

AP: Google tracks your movements, like it or not. “Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.”

CNET: This location-sharing app exposed 1.7 million passwords — and some nudes

CNET: This location-sharing app exposed 1.7 million passwords — and some nudes. “Apps that allow you to share your location and activity can leave your data and personal information exposed, according to a recent finding by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, which is based in Darmstadt, Germany. As reported by Forbes, the study found that tracking apps made for families and couples to monitor their loved ones can easily be intercepted and allow hackers to spy on the phone user.”

Monabay: Indonesia’s ‘one-map’ database blasted for excluding indigenous lands

Mongabay: Indonesia’s ‘one-map’ database blasted for excluding indigenous lands. “International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was marked on Aug. 9 in Jakarta by musical performances and traditional cuisine. But the festive mood was tempered by news that a much-anticipated government database meant to unify all the disparate land-use maps in Indonesia would not include customary land maps, at least initially.”

Library of Congress: The Secret Maps of World War II Admiral Morton L. Deyo

Library of Congress: The Secret Maps of World War II Admiral Morton L. Deyo. “The Geography and Map Division has processed the map collection of an American vice admiral who served in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II. The Morton L. Deyo World War II map collection consists of maps related to Deyo’s role as a naval task force commander, and these once secret materials show tactical details and strategic concerns.”

Mashable: Zooming out on Google Maps no longer shows a flat map

Mashable: Zooming out on Google Maps no longer shows a flat map. “Take a look at a map today, and you might think North America is larger than Africa or Greenland is larger than Mexico and China. But that’s not true in the slightest. The issue derives from trying to represent a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. Luckily for everyone, Google is solving this problem with the latest update to Google Maps.”