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Apple's (AAPL) decision not to use Google Maps (GOOG) in its iPhoto app may have been motivated...

Apple's (AAPL) decision not to use Google Maps (GOOG) in its iPhoto app may have been motivated by Google's decision to start charging high-volume developers for access. This decision could backfire, suggests TechCrunch's Josh Constine, given the improving quality of open-source mapping platform OpenStreetMap. Both Apple and location check-in service Foursquare are now leveraging OpenStreetMap for app projects.
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  • deercreekvols
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    With the billions of dollars in the coffers of Apple, am I to believe that they can't bring a map application to the table?
    Bing has maps. Heaven forbid we don't us google for this purpose. I have stopped using google as my search engine already. No reason I can't use another map vendor too.
    I am long Apple.
    9 Mar 2012, 07:07 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    Perhaps Google will sue them for infringement. If Apple could patent pinch to zoom, which has been around for 20+ years and of which Samsung provided numerous prior examples, why can't Google patent mapping? I'm planning to patent pushing and holding down a power button to turn on a phone. Or even the act of holding the phone to the ear.
    29 Aug 2012, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • Clément B
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    No one does it like goog !
    25 Jun 2012, 05:30 PM Reply Like
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