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Google shares Street View imagery from Fukushima disaster area

The Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated parts of Japan in 2011 was one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory. It was further complicated by damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant which ultimately forced residents…

Google takes Maps underwater, explores world's coral reefs

While iOS 6 users complain about the half-baked mapping experience they’re getting on their recently updated Apple devices, Google continues to take its Street View feature off the beaten path, this time allowing users to dive through the world’s oceans…

Google Maps gets high-res aerial imagery for 72 countries, regions

According to the Google's Lat-Long Blog, the company has added new high-resolution aerial photography to Google Maps. This follows similar news from Microsoft a couple of weeks ago who also updated their own Bing Maps service with 215TB of high-resolution imagery. …

Explore the Antarctic with Google Maps and Street View

Armchair explorers can now enjoy impromptu South Pole safaris from the warm comfort of their cozy homes. Google announced on Tuesday that its Street View team has been hard at work collecting 360-degree imagery of notable locations in Antarctica and…

Amazon acquires UpNext, a 3D mapping upstart

Amazon may be planning to provide its own in-house mapping solution, following a trail recently blazed by Apple. According to GigaOm, the online retailer has snatched UpNext, a four-person, 3D mapping company. Details regarding the deal are being kept quiet…

FTC subpoenas Apple and others as part of Google antitrust probe

The U.S. antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into Google’s dominant position in the internet search market has subpoenaed Cupertino-based Apple in a bid to find out more information regarding the search deal between the two companies, according to Bloomberg. …