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Google Street View Begins Mapping Canada’s Arctic

Google’s Street View tricycle in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (Photo: courtesy of Google)

By SHANNON KELLY

Google’s Street View team has travelled to the Nunavut hamlet of Cambridge Bay, to map the most northerly region it has ever mapped.

The company will map the region using a tricycle equipped with a camera (transporting a Street View car up north was too expensive) and will receive help from community members to establish accurate maps. This is the first Google Street View project in Nunavut. Google is also donating computers so that community members can continually update maps in the region.

The maps will be available in the next few months.

Read more from the CBC.

What Does Google’s Acquisition of Frommer’s Mean for Travellers?

By SHANNON KELLY

Google’s acquisition of travel publisher Frommer’s last week for $25 million was big news in travel. Google bought Zagat last year and seems to be steadily moving toward being a travel content provider in addition to a search engine with lots of perks for travellers, like Google Flight Search (launched in June in Canada) and offline maps (also launched in June, for Android users).

But can you trust a search engine that provides its own content? (more…)

Google Chooses Three Canadian Sites as World Wonders

By SHANNON KELLY

Google counts Ottawa

As part of its new World Wonders Project, Google has chosen three Canadian heritage sites to share the spotlight with Versailles, the ancient temples of Kyoto in Japan and Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. as some of the top heritage sites around the globe worth seeing—virtually, at least. (more…)

Google Maps Go Offline for Android Users

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: avlxyz

Google is on fire this week. First it launches Flight Search for Canadians, then it announces that its maps will be available offline for Android users. (more…)

Canada Gets Google Flight Search Tool

By SHANNON KELLY

Screenshot: Google.ca/flights

In September last year, Google launched its Flight Search tool, which was only available for U.S. departures and destinations. But as as of yesterday, users can find and book flights departing from Canadian airports, too, from Google Canada. (more…)

Google+ Local Incorporates Zagat Reviews and Crowdsourcing

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Screenshot plus.google.com

Crowdsourcing is all the rage, and Google knows it. With its new “local” tab integrating Zagat reviews (Google acquired Zagat back in September 2011) and reviews from your friends—at least those in your Google+ circle—Google is focusing on the hometown. The local tab allows users on Google+ to see reviews of hotels, restaurants, cafés and local attractions online or on mobile devices. The tab can also be used in Google search and Google Maps. (more…)

Zagat Acquisition Cost Google $151 Million

In September Google announced it was buying restaurant-review company Zagat, thereby getting into the content game. This past week the company revealed the price tag for that acquisition: $151 million.

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Google’s New Flight Search Tool

By Carissa Bluestone

Look out, Expedia. After launching its Hotel Finder this summer, Google expanded its travel-related tools last week with Flight Search. (more…)