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Google Maps is so good it already has North Korea laid out

Excerpt from CNET News

Jan 29, 2013 1:28 am

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You have to hand it to Google for getting transit maps for Pyongyang before Apple can get MTA routes onto its New York City iOS Maps app. No word on when they’ll be integrating Zagat or Google Plus, though.

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Maps of North Korea’s landscape have for decades been largely blank, but thanks to “a community of citizen cartographers,” Google Maps has managed to fill in some of the blanks.

Tapping input submitted to its Google Map Maker tool, the Web giant has added more detailed, up-to-date information to its maps of the reclusive nation, including streets, names, and other points of interest.

Jayanth Mysore, Google’s senior product manager of Map Maker, discussed in a company blog post the effort behind assembling the new data:

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