Google Maps under siege

Who says being the number one search engine in the world is all glory?Google really does want to organize all the world’s information.

Who says being the number one search engine in the world is all glory?

Google really does want to organize all the world’s information. What goes with all the world’s territory? Accountability to the entire world!

I recently asked rhetorically “Is Google a public service?” U.S. Rep. Brad Miller apparently thinks so!

The U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight is calling upon Google CEO Eric Schmidt to explain why Google was "airbrushing history" by replacing post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its popular map portal with images of the region as it existed before the storm destroyed neighborhoods, uprooted trees and dashed bridges.

"Google's use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history," wrote Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, the subcommittee chairman, in a Friday letter to Schmidt, according to AP reports.

Also, brushed up on your swimming lately?

The blogosphere has been in a tizzy about Google Maps advice for “directions” from the U.S. to Europe:

“Swim across the Atlantic Ocean,” a mere Googley 5,572 KM!

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