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June 13, 2005
Google Map Hacks Taking Off
CNN runs an AP wirestory on the increasing number of hacks for Google Maps (Google Tinkerers Make Data Come Alive).
Geeks, tinkerers and innovators are crashing the Google party, having discovered how to tinker with the search engine's mapping service to graphically illustrate vital information that might otherwise be ignored, overlooked or not perceived as clearly....
All these sites are operating without Google's permission, clearly violating the company's user agreement. But none charges any fees, and Mountain View-based Google, which declined to comment through a spokesman, has made no effort to shut them down.
It would be nice to have a more formalized policy (and standards and things) explicitly permitting these hacks, but the innovation is incredible. via Hit & Run UPDATE
1000PT: Seems like the good times are already over: Stitcher
The Google Maps team recently noticed your Google Maps tile "stitcher" wallpaper maker at http://gmerge.2ni.net/. Google is always happy to see developers interested in our products and we commend you on the service. That said, we would appreciate it if you voluntarily remove your service and stop using Google Maps on your web site. The service violates the Maps Terms of Service available at http://www.google.com/help/terms_local.html, and jeopardizes our ability to make Google Maps available to the public because it encourages non-personal use of Google Maps.
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