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Citizen commission accused of ‘diluting’ California hispanic vote

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Stanley Forbes is not helping to redraw California’s electoral map, he is growing almonds at his ranch or running his independent book store. Forbes, 64, is one of 14 state residents named to a newly formed state commission tasked with striking a blow against political…

Facebook intern maps world via online ‘friends’

A Facebook intern interested in seeing how political borders affect friendships around the globe has created a map of the world by sampling data from the social network’s 500 million user base. The map displays friendships as lights on a deep blue background. The eastern half of the United States…

China launches own version of Google Earth

China has launched an official online mapping service as US Internet giant Google continues to hold out on applying for a licence to provide a similar service in the country, state media said Friday. The government-backed service Map World is free and allows users to search for two and three-dimensional…

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