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US government OKs sharper satellite images

A long-standing restriction has been lifted to usher in better quality online mapping.

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California court rules it's OK for drivers to check mobile maps

The appeals court went by a strict interpretation of the statute under which the driver was charged

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Online clues located North Korea's missile-launcher factories

A few seconds of video, literature, a couple of memoirs and Google Earth helped locate a secret North Korean military plant.

Taiwan protests Apple maps that show island as a Chinese province

Taiwan is demanding Apple revise its mapping software and remove a label that describes the island as a province of China, rather than as a sovereign state.

Nokia's next-gen HERE maps will rely on crowdsourcing

Nokia hopes its Here maps will be become more accurate thanks to crowdsourced information, and is testing the concept in India.

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Microsoft takes aim at Google with Nokia's mapping products

Microsoft wants to build a better mobile phone through its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business. One way it hopes to do that? By improving its maps applications to better compete against Google's.

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Pain-free parking apps

If a free app can save you from getting a parking ticket, or wasting gas while hunting for a space, you better believe it's worth a download.

Google gets the best of Waze with latest Maps update—and vice versa

After snatching up social traffic app Waze in June, Google is finally adding the app’s crowdsourced incident reports its own mobile Maps.

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Google Street View Trekker photographs British canals

Google's Street View backpack is mapping the UK's canal network for display on Google Maps.

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Area 51 revealed by U.S. government as spy plane's home

In recently declassified government documents published Thursday, the government acknowledged Area 51 in Nevada as the home of the U2 spy plane.

Google adds more advertising to Maps app

Google says recent changes to the Google Maps app will make the app "more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers."

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Take a walk with Pegman: Street View strolls on to Google Earth for iOS and Android

With the addition of Street View, the mobile versions of Google Earth now lets you see the planet with your own eyes.

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Waze could drive better social tools at Google, experts say

Waze's crowdsourced traffic and navigation app is attractive to Google, which is said to be a serious suitor for the app, because of the wealth of mapping data it offers. But Waze's biggest draw may be social, some experts say.