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Apple Drops Google Maps, Fighting Bad Ads and Taxing IE Users

Apple Drops Google Maps, Fighting Bad Ads and Taxing IE Users

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This week saw Apple's Developer conference (WWDC) and the announcement that iOS6 will no longer use Google for their mapping tools. Google also announced their membership in the Ads Integrity Alliance, a partnership aimed at protecting users from bad ads and an Australian online retailer encouraging its customers to upgrade their browers by charging them more.

Stopping Bad Ads Online
This week Google announced the formation of an industry partnership with AOL, Facebook, Twitter and IAB, of which they are a founding member. The Ads Integrity Alliance aims to protect users from harmful advertising by developing recommendations, best practices and sharing information. This alliance aims to target online advertising that: "facilitate malware distribution or deceive users, diminish the online user experience and threaten trust in the Web”.

Apple breaks up with Google Maps
Apple has officially stopped using Google maps in favour of their own mapping service. The new mapping product provided by Apple will include turn-by-turn navigation, Siri and Yelp integration, although most of the more advanced features will only be available with iOS6 on iPhone 4S or iPad2 or later.

Online Store Taxes IE Users
Australian online retailer, Kogan.com is now going to charge more if you try to buy while using Internet Explorer 7. Like a significant number of developers, the company's founder believes that IE7 needs to go. The brower's particular quirks are difficult to develop for, and costs his business too much time to support. Fortunately there is an easy way for would-be customers to avoid this extra fee. Upgrade to the current version of Internet Explorer, or use a different browser.

New Look for Google's Hot Searches list
Google's Hot Searches tool, where you can watch emerging trends in the US, has just gotten a visual refresh. Now the list of rising searches includes images, more information and groups-related searches together. Each rising search includes links to news articles and also now includes a filtering system for the user.