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Via: The Local
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Despite the many road signs warning drivers that Venice, Italy is a carfree city, two tourists drive were driving their rented car along the Grand Canal before they were stopped by angry locals.

Their excuse? Google Maps made them do it. Really?!

(Photo: Screengrab/La Nuova Venezia)

batman v superman Bruce Wayne's Residence Is Available to Tour via Streetview on Google Maps
Via: Google Maps
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Bruce Wayne's residence from Batman v Superman is available to explore on street view in Google maps.  It's a pretty cool house.  He's got a view, some obviously expensive furniture although, that's a lot of glass for a Superhero's protective fortress...

And what does he even do in there? Does this house even have a bathroom or is it all windows? It's not enough to just look around, if you walk in the right direction you'll discover this:

Via: Nikola Woods
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A Texas woman was surprised to find that her duplex had been demolished without her knowledge or consent.  She was in the process of trying to fix up the structure after being hit by a tornado around Christmas time but now it looks like they'll have to rebuild instead. 

The demolition crew says that an error in Google maps made them think this was the right home, even though it was clearly the same house number on the wrong street. 

The CEO of the demolition company refused to go on camera but according to WFAA 8, he told a reporter that the mistake was "no big deal".


These Horrifying Photos Will Make You Wish You Hadn't Zoomed in on Google Maps

It can be fun to play around on Google Maps and see what crazy things they caught on street view. These photos are not as fun, they're actually kind of scary. Let's hope they're all just mistakes and not actual things that are lurking somewhere out there. You know what? No more street view.

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Via: Google Blog
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Google is making the first major update to the company's logo in 16 years. But the reason is pretty simple.

"Today we're introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens," Google says in a blog post announcing the change.

The company says the original logo and branding were created for a single desktop browser page, and as we all know, mobile is the #future.

The logo will also be interactive.

"For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you're talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we're bidding adieu to the little blue "g" icon and replacing it with a four-color "G" that matches the logo."

Sound good, Google. Now what is that song that goes "dun, dun, dun dun dun?"

Google launches project sunroof to help you decide if you should instal solar panels or not.
Via: Google
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Google wants to use its extensive data to expand the use of renewable resources.

The giant multi-faceted company launched Project Sunroof Aug. 18, which is a tool letting users put in their address and, through Google Maps, is able to calculate how much a homeowner could save if they installed solar panels.

The maps detail the regular amount of sunshine to the area, compared to the electricity costs. Its meant as a way to help those wondering whether investing in solar power would be the right move.

Here, let Google explain it to you:

As the price of installing solar has gotten less expensive, more homeowners are turning to it as a possible option for decreasing their energy bill. We want to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone.

Project Sunroof puts Google's expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.

When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis.

Don't worry: Project Sunroof doesn't give the address to anybody else unless you ask it to.

It's neat to see Google using its massive, some would say insidiously-invasive, data collection in an environmentally sound way.

Here's a video, because everyone loves videos.

Via: Team Android
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Something strange is happening in Pakistan.

Team Android has discovered a bizarre Easter egg in Google Maps that shows the Android logo peeing on the Apple logo.

To check it out yourself, just go to these coordinates, and you will be sent to Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Another piece of Google Maps graffiti was later found in the Takht Pari Forest, which you can see below.

It is believed to be the result of someone abusing Google’s Map Maker tool, and the company issued a statement to The Daily Mail.

“We’ve terminated the Android involved in this incident, and he’ll be disappearing from Google Maps shortly,” said a Google rep.

And Pascal Hartig, a Twitter engineer, also pointed out that it was a random user.

So yes, it would appear that Google Maps review process could use a little work.

Head on over to Pakistan and soak it up now before it’s gone.