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Keyhole — the move that made Google leader in mapping technology

With the added bonus of Brian McClendon, now Google’s ‘Mr Maps,’ Keyhole introduced Google to one man’s mission to map everything

By Dominic Rushe  /  The Guardian, NEW YORK

Steven Romalewski, director of the mapping service at the City University of New York’s Center for Urban Research, said Google had opened up the new era of mapping, yet he worries there isn’t enough competition.

“I wouldn’t want to see one entity controlling the base map,” Romalewski said.

“There will always be multiple providers. I don’t see us effectively owning the map,” McClendon said. “We are making a version of the world, as accurate as we can make it.”

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