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Google promises better 3D maps

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Google is announcing a handful of major updates to Google Maps today that range from bringing its Live View AR directions indoors to adding weather data to its maps, but the most tantalizing news — which in typical Google fashion doesn’t have an ETA just yet — is that Google plans to bring a vastly improved 3D layer to Google maps.

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Google Maps gets improved Live View AR directions

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Google today announced a few updates to Live View, the augmented reality walking directions in its Google Maps app that officially launched last year. Image Credits: Google. Google Maps can now also identify landmarks around you to give you better guidance and a clearer idea of where you are in a city.

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Sonos Continues To Battle Google Over Patents

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Santa Barbara-based smart speaker manufacturer Sonos is continuing to battle Google over patents, asking the U.S. Sonos called the Google changes "half-baked" and "trivial". Sonos sued Google in January of 2020, alleging patent infringement on a number of its patents, as Google's smart speakers have cut into Sonos sales.

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Bird Integrates With Google Maps

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Santa Monica-based on-demand scooter and bicycle company Bird has integrated its rentals with Google Maps, the company announced this morning>. According to Bird, anyone using Google Maps will be able to quickly locate nearby Bird scooters and bikes, as well as determine approximate trip duration, estimated price and optimized route.

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Google Cloud opens its Las Vegas region

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Google Cloud today announced the official opening of its Las Vegas data center region. With this, Google Cloud now operates four regions in the western U.S., with Las Vegas complementing Google Cloud’s existing data centers in Los Angeles, Calif.; The Dalles, Ore. and its recently opened Salt Lake City, Utah region.

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Google Sues Sonos Over Patents

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Google has counter-sued Santa Barbara-based Sonos , with a patent infringement lawsuit, saying that Sonos has illegally used a number of Google patents in the development of its wireless audio technology. The lawsuit, Google LLC v. Sonos, Inc. , READ MORE>>.

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Sonos Gets Patent Win Over Google

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Santa Barbara-based smart speaker manufacturer Sonos has scored a win in court over Google, over an intellectual property dispute over wireless audio technology. International Trade Commission judge ruled that the patents held by Sonos are valid, saying Google violated a part of the Tariff Act. The win came when a U.S.

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