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Public Space Improvement of the Day: Free WiFi for San Francisco's Parks

Google is donating $600,000 to the city, moving it one step closer to free internet for all.

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'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

Mark Marek Photography

Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.

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Vertigo Integration: Street View Goes to the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Google takes its cameras to a street of the vertical variety.

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Patent of the Day: Google's Street View Walking Stick

For hiking trails and other locations beyond the reach of cars.

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Let's Go Fly a Wind Turbine

Meet Google's new kite-like apparatus that can capture wind energy where it's most powerful.

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The Potential Problem With Personalized Google Maps? We May Never Know What We're Not Seeing

Google is promising a million maps for a million people with its redesign. But can it avoid confining us to customized urban bubbles?

Let a Robot Mix You a Drink at Google I/O

This new robo-bartender that's slinging rounds in San Francisco is just great.

Google's Inside-Business Photos Sure Are Getting Surreal

Yes, that is a body being sucked down a toilet, and it only gets weirder.

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Streetview Hack of the Day: Animate Segments of the Road

A new site lets you turn any stretch of Streetviewed road into a hyperlapse, a timelapse with a mobile camera.

Here's What Would Happen if a Huge Asteroid Hit Your City

Would you dissolve in fire or would your clothes simply ignite?

How This Year's Flu Managed to Outsmart Google

Scientific hindsight shows that Google Flu Trends far overstated this year's flu season, raising questions about accuracy.

Unless You Live in Takoma Park, Beverly Hills, or Reno, You're Probably Going to Get the Flu

Google knows.

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How Google Street View Could Help Post-Sandy Staten Island

Residents worry the photos will hurt property values. But the site could raise the kind of awareness the "forgotten borough" will need as it rebuilds.

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Disaster History, Brought to You By Google

On Japan's tsunami-battered coast, a new way to remember the devastation.

Even Tim Cook Would Not Use Apple's Maps

The CEO apologizes, suggests users bookmark Google maps.

Inside the Secret Program to Build the World's Best Maps

Google's Ground Truth wants to create the most accurate maps in the world. Here's what that means for the future of everything.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

Public Art by Satellite

An event is documented by a Google satellite, creating a new and unnerving lens through which to view public space.