Tag Archive | Google Maps

Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says

By Salvador Rodriguez, LA Times, January 4, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Google is denying reports online Friday that say the company started blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps amid tension in its relationship with Microsoft. Nothing has changed with the Google Maps service, the company told The Times. Google Maps simply was never designed to work with the Internet Explorer browser on the Windows Phone, according to Google.

For full text of the article, visit Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says – latimes.com.


Apple Enters Mobile Map World, Stepping Up Rivalry With Google

by Quentin Hardy, NYT, June 17, 2012

Get ready for the mobile map wars. … So far, Google has reigned supreme in the mobile map world, with its maps on every iPhone sold so far — and, of course, on every phone based on its own Android operating system. Last week, though, Apple gave notice it would enter the battle, announcing that in the fall, its phones would no longer carry Google maps, but instead would have Apple’s own map service built in, part of its new mobile operating system. … The question is: Can Apple build a map service that does as good a job, or a better one, than Google has?

For full text of the article, visit Apple Enters Mobile Map World, Stepping Up Rivalry With Google – NYTimes.com.

French Court Rules against Google for Providing Free Web-Mapping Services

February 13, 2012

A French court ruled in early February 2012 that Google must pay €500,000 in damages and €15,000 in fines as a result of business practices alleged to be anti-competitive. The ruling stems from a complaint by French company Bottin Cartographes, which claimed that Google France and Google Inc. competed unfairly by offering Web-mapping services for free to some businesses. Bottin offers similar services, but charges a fee.

For full text of article, visit Geoplace.com.

World Bank – Google Partnership for Community Mapping Raises Data Access Questions

From Google’s Lat Long blog post: “Under this agreement, the World Bank will act as a conduit to make Google Map Maker source data more widely and easily available to government organizations in the event of major disasters, and also for improved planning, management, and monitoring of public services provision. …”

In an All Points Blog post on Directions Magazine (January 16, 2012), Adena Schutzberg notes that “World Bank partner organizations, which include government and United Nations agencies, will be able to contact World Bank offices for possible access to the Google Map Maker data for their various projects. … The data is Google’s. It’s not open to the world under a free data license like OpenStreetMap is. Google makes its data tiles available via its APIs (with have their own restrictions and sometimes, fees). The Map Maker data is not open source (because that license is for software). Oh, and Google’s mapping APIs are not open source either!”

Ms. Schutzberg also raises several good questions that will need to be addressed, including “… how the World Bank will decide if a requester can have access to the data. Is it only during an emergency? Or when one is expected? Or is for long-term planning for such emergencies? … under what sort of terms (license) Google/The World Bank will hand over the data? Will it be sharable to NGOs? To citizens? …”

For full text of Adena Schutzberg’s blog post, visit Google Gives World Bank Map Maker Data Distribution Privileges – All Points Blog.

Agriculture pulls all GIS maps into a single portal – Nextgov

By Joseph Marks, Nextgov, August 17, 2011

A new Web portal being put together by the Agriculture Department aims to reduce duplication in the agency’s mapping work and make high-quality maps more accessible to the public.More than half the department’s 29 divisions are involved in geospatial work, Geospatial Information Officer Stephen Lowe said, either mashing satellite and aerial imagery with survey data or on-the-ground research about crop yields, ground chemicals or farm subsidies, or using other divisions’ maps in their own research and programs.USDA-produced maps and images generally are available to the public for free or for a nominal fee, and frequently crop up in paid data services and even in Google Maps, he said. …

via Agriculture pulls all GIS maps into a single portal – Nextgov.

Court Says No, You Can’t Sue Google For Bad Walking Directions

by Greg Sterling, June 17, 2001

Remember the woman in Utah who used Google Maps’ walking directions, was hit by a car and sued? The case is Rosenberg v. Harwood and Google was successful in getting almost all the claims against the company dismissed last week.When last we left our story the plaintiff, Lauren Rosenberg, was walking from 96 Daly Street to and 1710 Prospector Avenue in Park City, Utah. Google Maps sent her via route 224, a highway without sidewalks. She was hit on Route 224 by driver-defendant Patrick Harwood. …

For full text of the article via Court Says No, You Can’t Sue Google For Bad Walking Directions.

Privacy Invasive Geo-Mashups and the Limits of Privacy Law

Privacy Invasive Geo-Mashups: Privacy 2.0 and the Limits of First Generation Information Privacy Laws

Source: Mark Burdon, Queensland University of Technology, Journal of Law, Technology and Policy, No. 1, 2010

Abstract: Online technological advances are pioneering the wider distribution of geospatial information for general mapping purposes. The use of popular web-based applications, such as Google Maps, is ensuring that mapping based applications are becoming commonplace amongst Internet users which has facilitated the rapid growth of geo-mashups. These user generated creations enable Internet users to aggregate and publish information over specific geographical points. This article identifies privacy invasive geo-mashups that involve the unauthorized use of personal information, the inadvertent disclosure of personal information and invasion of privacy issues. Building on Zittrain’s Privacy 2.0, the author contends that first generation information privacy laws, founded on the notions of fair information practices or information privacy principles, may have a limited impact regarding the resolution of privacy problems arising from privacy invasive geo-mashups. Principally because geo-mashups have different patterns of personal information provision, collection, storage and use that reflect fundamental changes in the Web 2.0 environment. The author concludes by recommending embedded legal, organizational technical and social solutions to minimize the risks arising from privacy invasive geo-mashups that could lead to the establishment of guidelines to assist courts and regulators with the protection of privacy in geo-mashups.

For full text of the article, click here.

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