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May 04, 2011, 23:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

"And the number of open source mapping tools is also on the rise, making it easier for programmers to add mapping features to their apps without having to tie themselves to a particular mapping provider.

"Online mapping used to be simple: go to a Web site, enter an address, and view the street map of the surroundings. Then came a series of innovations from Google, who sent out teams of drivers with car-mounted cameras to capture the street view, showing homes and other buildings as they drove by. (Google also got into trouble with capturing open Wi-Fi networks as they photographed things, but let's not get into that imbroglio right now.)"

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