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Google I/O: 10 Big Developments

Google skipped the skydivers at Google I/O 2013, but broke interesting ground in maps, music, social and search. Take our tour.
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Google is adding a personalized, crowdsourced sensibility to Maps. When you click a spot on a map -- a hotel, for instance -- Maps zeroes in on that location and shows relevant information, such as similar establishments nearby and transportation options to get there. It also incorporates more Yelp-like features, including business reviews with star ratings, photos and directions. Maps is more tightly integrated with Google+ too. For instance, if you're looking for a restaurant, it'll show eateries recommended by your Google+ pals. The overall presentation of the new Google Maps is pretty slick and a nice improvement. But will it convince more folks (beyond tech nerds) to give Google+ a try?

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5/20/2013 | 1:52:42 PM
re: Google I/O: 10 Big Developments
I think Google is spot on with the maps upgrades. When going to a particular area of the city or wherever I am traveling, I often wonder whether there are good restaurants nearby. Integrating this with Google+ to get recommendations from your friends is also useful G«Ų both personally and from a business standpoint.
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