June 30, 2005
An update to my previous post and more map info:
Also, A9 has launched a map product (though no API yet I am aware of). It integrates block view and has a pretty interesting UI. You can drag a box in a small map which reloads a large map representing the area bound within the original box. Then you can click on the map to get a magnifying glass and drag it around to reload the blockview images.
I don’t think this was a case of one company trying to outdo another…I think all 3 of these companies were planning to have something to show at Where 2.0 but whereas A9 and Yahoo timed their releases on the day of, Google did it the day before…and, BTW, Radar is giving some good coverage.