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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)

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Bruce Wayne's residence from Batman v Superman is available to explore on Streetview 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:
 

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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".

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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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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.
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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.



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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.

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Well, she can check that one off her bucket list.

Karen Davis of Port Pirie, Australia has exposed her breasts to the entire world via Google Street View, and she is ecstatic.

"I look at Google Maps a lot and I wanted to be on there and I thought this is the way to do it," she said.

She recently chased down the mapping car and flipped up her shirt just in time for the image to be immortalized online. Although Google seems to have since blurred out her entire body.

News sites all over the world have reported on her little stunt, which she says was mostly for fun. But there was also a message behind it.

"I want my kids to be proud of their body and proud of who they are no matter what they look like," she told The Project.

She was later reported to the police for disorderly behavior, because someone doesn't have a sense of humor.

And she recently turned herself in to the authorities.

"I thought I would save them the petrol," she told The Recorder.

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Google is celebrating April Fool’s Day a little early.

A new option on Google Maps lets you turn the world into a playable game of Pac-Man.

From the support page:

Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.

You can plan anywhere with enough streets by clicking the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, but Google also offers some clues to the best locations where a special Pac-Man marker has already been place.

  • Don’t drop the ball on the eve of your victory!
  • Triumph is délicieux.
  • Does a Galaxian bonus await at the top of those 272 steps?
  • Chomp your way to independence down seven lanes of July.
  • PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN can’t agree on which side is prettier: the American or the Canadian. Which side do you fall on, eh?
  • After a chat with the Sphinx, PAC-MAN sounds more like “Dokki Dokki”.
  • Pause game play to admire Chagall’s stained glass windows and have a bit of chocolate.
  • Can you score 10^(10^100) points?
  • Whether they’re flashing blue or sporting their natural colors, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are always kakkoii. Even Vogue agrees they’re living in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
  • Previous PAC-MAN lives don’t get to rest in a white marble mausoleum.
  • Head to the valley of the sun and earn your grade in the art of the game.
  • How well can you navigate the radiating streets of the distrito federal?
  • Victory is like gothic glockenspiel musik to our ears.
  • Pay special attention to Blinky – he might blend in with the dreaming red kangaroos!
  • You’ll find the Beach PAC-MAN World Cup here before long.

You can expect the entire Internet to be flooded with April Fool’s Day pranks like this on Wednesday.

It says the game will only be available for a limited time, but hopefully they decide to keep the Pac-Man hack as a permanent option.

It’s like the new movie “Pixels,” only in real life.

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From your device, launch the Google Maps app and tap the Search option at the top of the screen. You'll see a new 'Press Start' option and a blue Pokéball icon. Press this and go off on your quest.

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In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Google Maps has launched the ability to virtually visit wild polar bear country via Google Street View. The featured location is in the stunning tundra landscape of Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba.


"You have the opportunity to see polar bears in natural habitat. There's imagery of sparring bears – this behavior that we see with male bears where they stand up on their hind legs and kind of play fight. There's images of a mom nursing a cub," said Krista Wright, executive director of the conservation group Polar Bears International, which partnered with Google on the project.

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If you had full access to one of the most diverse islands in the world for a day, where would you start exploring? After capturing the Galapagos Islands with Street View, Google has launched the website Darwin for a Day where people can virtually investigate its vast native plant and animal life. Users are also encourage to document what they find, and the data will be collected by iNaturalist and the Charles Darwin Foundation for further research.

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The first of what will surely be a deluge of Google April Fools Day gags: Google Maps in glorious 8-bit.

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