There have been a handful of organizations that have switched from using the Google Maps API to using OpenStreetMap data in their Web applications over the past few months. This week, one of the biggest location-based services players in the world, Foursquare announced why and how it did so. Is this a huge coup for OpenStreetMap? For Foursquare? For open source?
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Google announced new location services APIs, a new Google Maps and a visual refresh for Google Maps at Google I/O last week. There was lots of descriptive coverage from the mainstream and tech press. But there was very little response from the geospatial community - except from Esri. Who should or should not be excited about the new Google Maps and APIs?