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Stop Worrying About the New Google Maps; These URL Parameters Are Gold

Posted by David-Mihm

I suspect I’m not alone in saying: I’ve never been a fan of the New Google Maps.

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In the interstitial weeks between that tweet and today, Google has made some noticeable improvements. But the user experience still lags in many ways relative to the classic version (chief among them: speed).

Google’s invested so heavily in this product, though, that there’s no turning back at this point. We as marketers need to come to terms with a product that will drive an increasing number of search results in the future.

Somewhat inspired by this excellent Pete Wailes post from many years ago, I set out last week to explore Google Maps with a fresh set of eyes and an open mind to see what I could discover about how it renders local business results...

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LG G3 (D850) makes a pit stop at the FCC as it prepares for US release

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It’s coming. LG’s worst kept secret since the Nexus 5, we’ve seen enough of the LG G3 it’s almost crazy to think this phone still hasn’t been made official. While we wait around for LG’s unveiling event (and more leaks), the LG G3 just made its mandatory pit stop at the FCC.

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The documentation doesn’t reveal much, just a few wireless bands, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS… Oh yeah, and it’s got a camera. No surprises there. It looks as if the US model will go by the D850 (AT&T model?), while the UK variant is the D855. If nothing else, the certification lets us know the launch date for LG’s latest flagship — which is still a mystery at this point — is fast approaching.

The LG G3 is currently scheduled for a May 27th unveiling in London and we can’t wait to see what’s new...

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Ukraine to Get Its Own Social Network — Once the DDoS Attacks Stop

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Ukraine may soon get its very own social network, Mashable has learned, but its debut is being delayed by ongoing DDoS attacks.

The social network, which will live at WeUA.info (slogan: “We live for Ukraine), was scheduled to go live Monday night, but has not been able to launch due to a sustained attempt to keep it offline.

“We have not opened the website for the public yet, although we are already seeing very strong DDoS attacks,” WeUA’s founder, Bogdan Oliyarchuk, told Mashable via email. “We see deliberate attacks every day.”

Oliyarchuk added that while it is difficult to track where the attacks are coming from, he has information that suggests the attacks are coming from Russia — and elsewhere in Ukraine Read more…

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Through an Oculus, Clearly: Stop Freaking Out About Facebook

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By now, we know that the reaction to a major Facebook acquisition among the chattering technorati follows a pretty simple script. It happened with Instagram in 2012, it happened again last month with WhatsApp, and it happened yet again Tuesday with the $ 2 billion deal for the virtual reality gurus at Oculus VR

First comes the stage where we all have a good laugh. Facebook bought what now? For how much? No. Seriously? What are they smoking in Menlo Park? The memes and jokes fly thick and fast. We comb our cultural history for anything that matches the pattern of an accurate predictionThe Oatmeal called itThe Simpsons called it Read more…

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