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Ken Hoetmer
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Just a little something I've been working on...
No map is an island! Today we’re taking a step towards connecting the Maps APIs to the greater Google ecosystem: introducing a signed-in JavaScript Maps API experience and a feature we call attributed save.
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Launch! Go try it out!
Adding the new Google Maps to your own website just got easier with the new #GoogleMaps Embed API (http://goo.gl/iKYgJC)!

Our friends at the Guggenheim (http://goo.gl/OxXVCE) and SFMOMA (http://goo.gl/KNcb13) are using the Google Maps Embed API to show the museums’ locations, allowing visitors to save the museum to Google Maps directly from the website. Visitors can now quickly plan their day and navigate to the museums by pulling up their saved places on any device with Google Maps. 

To get started, head over to our developers page (http://goo.gl/05miGI) and embed away!
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The apparent simplicity of DynamicMapsEngineLayer does not do justice to the hard work beneath - this is vector maps in the browser...
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Google execs have been talking about "connecting the other 5 billion", but I had no idea we were actually working on it. I'm even more surprised it involves balloons!
Check out these photos from the Project Loon team showing how the launch technology works.

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For those of us who love the water...
Revealing the Ocean on World Oceans Day!

Here’s a sneak preview of our work to improve our ocean map in Google Earth and Maps in partnership with NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (http://goo.gl/zZpPB) and the University of Colorado CIRES program (http://goo.gl/b3dGH).

Explore more today by downloading this Google Earth tour list http://goo.gl/jyDan
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And here's my second Google I/O talk. Less sexy, but perhaps more practical...
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Talks from Google I/O are up on YouTube. Here's the first of mine - where I announced the Google Maps API visual refresh and discussed our 1 million Maps API sites / viewed by half the internet milestone.
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This game is built entirely in JavaScript and WebGL on Chrome, driving the Google Maps API across 7 LCD screens. Super cool.
Our Map Diving installation at #io13 is giving folks a workout!
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We just launched a brand new look for all one million Google Maps API sites; will become default in August.

But you can upgrade now! google.maps.visualRefresh=true; 
We announced today that at #io13 that there are more than one million Google Maps API sites on the Internet. We also announced a visual refresh for the Google Maps API v3. Check out the blog post here: http://goo.gl/TFr89 and the video about the million maps.
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