March 6, 2012
It is year-end, December 31, 2010.
While everyone at Google enjoys the holidays, someone is still working late at night to gear up for Honeycomb.
Who could it be?
Notice the cleaning bucket that hard-working little Android is using. Yes, it is covered with those distinctive Erlenmeyer flasks that Google Labs was so fond of using.
This predated the closure of Google Labs by nearly a year.
Cleaning up for Honeycomb by Evoreto UG (haftungsbeschränkt):
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March 2, 2012
Google Earth and Google Maps are probably the most popular, free, online cartography reference tools for the public. Popularity is not the same as authority though:
The lines that Google draws on maps have no government’s imprimatur.
Google should not be involved in geopolitical disputes. If Google Maps show borders or place names that are different from official or long-established usage, they can confuse, offend or worse, even if done unintentionally:
On Nov. 3, 2010, a Nicaraguan official justified his country’s incursion into neighboring Costa Rica’s territory by claiming that, contrary to the customary borderline, he wasn’t trespassing. For proof, he [cited] Google Maps.
Map markers away! Fighting the cartographic unknown
Google DOES try to offer meaningful, accurate maps.
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