stand clear of the closing doors

Google Maps Eliminating Phantom Subway Stop

The mysterious and non-existent "N Street Cut."

Google will eliminate a phantom subway stop that found its way onto the company’s ubiquitous mapping site, after a Politicker inquiry on the subject.

The current version of the map claims the N train makes a stop just after crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. According to the map, the “11th Street Cut” is the N train’s first stop in Queens after crossing over from the east side of Manhattan. Its iconic blue “M” puts it several blocks west of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/Q stop and a block south of the Queensbridge F stop, not far from the neighborhood’s waterfront. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Hulu’s Bidders Down to 3, Russian Rocket Falls Out of Space

He's not included. (Photo: Hulu)

Hulu’s suitors are down to three: DirecTV wants all of it, AT&T is partnering with Chernin Entertainment for a bid, and Time Warner has offered to purchase a minority stake. A finalized sale is expected within the next few weeks. [AllThingsD]

Foxconn is reportedly staffing up its factories for the next-gen iPhone if you’re still looking for a summer job. [CNET]

“Apple App Store marks 5 years of app-ortunity” is a real headline today. [USA Today]

Google Maps for Android gets completely revamped today with a new user interface, infused with Zagat reviews and real-time traffic reports. [TechCrunch]

A Russian rocket only lasted 34 seconds until it exploded in the air because somebody installed some of its parts “upside down” so your Ikea furniture sounds pretty sturdy right now. [Ars Technica]

Planet GOOG

Hello, Computer! At I/O, Google Debuts Upgraded Maps and ‘Now’ for Desktops

(Photo: Screencap)

Google made no attempt to top last year’s I/O keynote, featuring skydivers. Instead, viewers were treated to a long, rambling meditation on progress from Google CEO Larry Page, who seemed none too keen on talking about Google Glass.

“Technology should do the hard work,” Mr. Page informed us all, “so that people can get on with doing the things that make them happiest in life.” He also suggested that, “being negative is not how we make progress.” Somehow we doubt that outlook inspires Mr. Page to let his underlings off lightly when they screw something up.

The closest thing to a skydiver was when Robert Scoble popped up at the front of the line for Q&A, announcing himself as “one of the first glassholes.” “Robert, I didn’t appreciate the shower picture,” Mr. Page replied.

But there were a few big announcements. Read More

Schmidt Happens

After Eric Schmidt’s North Korean Jaunt, Foreigners Get 3G But Locals Still Out of Luck

Mr. Schmidt, laying some knowledge on us. (Screencap)

Hard on the heels of Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s jaunt to North Korea, the World’s Most Isolated Country™ is letting a bit of Internet breeze in. The AP reports that foreigners in the country will soon have access to 3G connections, meaning they’ll now be able to fact-check anything their government-assigned tour guides tell them. Be warned, however, that your surroundings are probably bugged six ways to SundayRead More

Planet GOOG

Hunger Games Superfans Uncover the Catching Fire Set on Google Maps

(Screencap: Google Maps, via Tor.com)

It’s not easy to find a giant patch of land that can be used as a cornucopia set for the upcoming film Catching Fire, part of the young adult sci fi trilogy The Hunger Games. The set, which requires a circular beach with thick jungle encircling it to stay true to the novel, also isn’t easy to replicate in a stuffy Hollywood studio. So the producers headed to a location with more space, with the cornucopia used for the games rumored to be in the Atlanta area. Read More

Apple in Your Eye

Jealous Apple Might Not Approve a Google Maps App for iOS 6

Ex-Apple VP Scott Forstall (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

All teenagers know that the best way to dethrone the popular kid is to not invite him/her to your party. Anyone needing proof of this needs only to look at the climax of Mean Girls, when Cady Haron doesn’t invite Regina George to her house party. Following that principle, it comes as no surprise that Apple, the akward new kid, might not give app store approvalto a new Google Maps app that works with iOS 6. Apple Maps is the newer and less popular kid at school and it wouldn’t want the homecoming king to come back anytime soon.

iPhone users can still bookmark the Safari page for Google Maps, but a standalone app would be better than any mobile web version, and definitely better than Apple’s flawed offering.

Keeping Google out might be good for Apple’s popularity, but is its inferiority complex hurting users? Read More