Birds smudged because my mother reads this. (@chrisjoonior on Twitter)

We at Consumerist would like to take a moment to discuss something really important, flipping off the Google car safely: As seen in a tweet from @chrisjoonior (via @dhinkel), a driver has apparently succeeded in appearing in a Google Maps image after following the Google Car around for 20 minutes, flipping not one, but two birds. One hand on the wheel, people. That’s the least we can ask.

Google Maps Adding Underwater Photos Of World’s Oceans To Street View

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines (Google Maps

Nemo might never have been so hard to find, if only his ocean had a good map of the local reefs. Wayward fish with knowledge of technology will be in luck — as will anyone yearning for a view under the sea — as Google Maps is adding 360-degree Street View photos of our oceans’ coral reefs. [More]

Google Street View Now Goes Back In Time All The Way To Ye Olden Days Of 2007

Google Street View Now Goes Back In Time All The Way To Ye Olden Days Of 2007

Ah, those misty, water-colored memories of the time way back in 2007, when we had a different guy in the White House and the word “selfie” wasn’t the bane of social conversations yet. If you’ve got a hankering for days gone by, Google’s updated Street View imagery can take you back in time — only so far as seven years though, so don’t go looking for your childhood treehouse to suddenly appear on the map. [More]

"Nice view overlooking the quad." - from Columbia, Missouri.

“Google Naps” Maps Show The Best Places To Catch Some Shuteye, Antarctica Included

Sometimes you just need a nap. A refreshing, wake-up-invigorated-to-tackle-the-rest-of-your-day nap. But what happens when you’re not at home and are unfamiliar with the best place to lay your head? Fear not, because a pair of Dutch developers have the solution: Google Naps. [More]

Smartphone Traffic Apps: Are You Gambling With Your Commute?

Smartphone Traffic Apps: Are You Gambling With Your Commute?

Gone are the days of simple radio traffic reports and plotting out your travel route before hitting the road. Today, commuters use a variety of smartphone apps designed to show real-time traffic and travel times. But is banking on an app to give you the fastest route really effective? [More]

Google Says It’s Working On Removing Image Of Man’s Slain Son From Maps

Google Says It’s Working On Removing Image Of Man’s Slain Son From Maps

Anyone who’s ever used Google Maps has likely searched for their own address, where they grew up or other important spots, just to see what image of the place Google has captured. But unfortunately for a man whose teen son was killed in 2009 in Richmond, Calif., it appears the image of his son’s body is shown at the spot where he was found. [More]

Hey, donkey, you sleepin'?

Google Says Street View Car Didn’t Hit That Donkey Lying In The Road, It’s Just Sleeping

So there’s this donkey, on a road in Botswana, right? And like, it seemed as if he was just going along on his little donkey way when along comes Google’s Street View car and what’s this? Suddenly he’s lying on the ground. That is the sequence of events some are citing while accusing Google’s car of hitting — and gulp, maybe killing — the poor fella. But Google says its own set of pictures shows that’s not the case at all. [More]

(Matt McGee)

Newly Updated Google Maps App Finally Makes Its Return To iPhones

Apple’s pride is still likely stinging just a bit from the Great Map Debacle Of 2012, but nevertheless, a new version of Google Maps is now available as an app for iPhone users on iOS 6. Google announced yesterday that the revised map had finally been approved by Apple and will now be listed in the company’s app store. [More]

Google adds Street View to iOS browser maps

Still No Google Maps App For iOS 6, But You Can Now Access Street View

As many people with an iOS device noticed when they upgraded to iOS 6, their Google Maps app had vanished into the ether, replaced with a map app that even Apple admits maybe isn’t that great right now. For people who still wanted to use Google Maps, they could still view them via a web browser, and now Google has turned on Street View. [More]

Man Announces "Toyota Sucks" On Roof — And Google Maps Takes Notice

Man Announces "Toyota Sucks" On Roof — And Google Maps Takes Notice

Writing “Toyota Sucks” on your roof and turning your Toyota truck into an anti-Toyota billboard may seem like a slightly fruitless exercise. That is, until both of them end up on Google Maps, much to the amusement of the Internet. [More]

Google Maps 6.0 Will Show You The Inside Of Certain Locations

Google Maps 6.0 Will Show You The Inside Of Certain Locations

Getting lost inside the sprawling wonderland that is any IKEA is likely a shared experience, and one that may happen less for Android smartphone users. Google Maps 6.0 rolled out some changes on Tuesday, including indoor mapping of certain retail locations and airports. [More]

Google Maps Error Makes Guests Miss Weddings And Funerals

Google Maps Error Makes Guests Miss Weddings And Funerals

A week after her story went up in the Star Ledger, a woman is happy to report that Google Maps is no longer telling people that her driveway is the entrance to the state park. That’s good, but now there’s a new story of people missing weddings and funerals because Google Maps shows a church as being clear on the other side of town from where it really is. [More]

Google Maps Says My Driveway Is The Entrance To State Park

Google Maps Says My Driveway Is The Entrance To State Park

For more than 23 years, Laurie has lived in a New Jersey home bordering a state park. And for two decades, her driveway went unmolested by folks looking for the park entrance. But now she’s got six signs up in her drive to tell people that her land is not for their recreational use, all because of a goof on Google Maps. [More]

Find Foreclosures Using Google Maps

Find Foreclosures Using Google Maps

You can check out foreclosures all over the US just by drilling down in Google Maps. [More]

Google Store View Cameraman Spotted In The Wild

Google Store View Cameraman Spotted In The Wild

Reader Yankees368 was dining at Breeze NY when a Google employee tromped in and started taking pictures of the restaurant’s interior, including the food he was about to eat, for the Google Store View project. [More]

Google In Hot Water For Collecting Data From Your Wireless Networks

Google In Hot Water For Collecting Data From Your Wireless Networks

A group of attorneys general have decided to go ahead with a multi-state investigation of the Google Streets View project after it was revealed that the cars it uses to capture the images were also capturing data from people’s home and business wireless networks. The capturing was done in 30 countries and the government of France says that it included people’s passwords and email.

Google says they were capturing the data “inadvertently” and that the quality of the data was poor because the cars were moving. [More]

Woman Sues Google Maps After Getting Hit By Car

Woman Sues Google Maps After Getting Hit By Car

A woman from L.A. has filed a lawsuit against Internet leviathan Google, claiming that the walking directions she was given by its Google Maps site led her to walk down a Utah highway, where she was hit by a car. [More]

Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

A store in New York City called Oh Nuts, which apparently sells nuts and nut-based goods, told the blog Search Engine Land that someone from Google showed up and took a series of photos of the interior as part of an upcoming “Google Store Views” service. Google has officially said no comment, so I guess now it’s a waiting game to see if this shows up as an offshoot of Google’s street view offering, or if Oh Nuts reports in the next few days that they’ve had their entire inventory stolen by nut fiends who knew the layout suspiciously well. [More]