Chico Harlan of The Washington Post highlights a cool — and important — new addition to Google Maps:
Until Tuesday, North Korea appeared on Google Maps as a near-total white space — no roads, no train lines, no parks and no restaurants. The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang.
This all changed when Google, on Tuesday, rolled out a detailed map of one of the world’s most secretive states. The new map labels everything from Pyongyang’s subway stops to the country’s several city-sized gulags, as well as its monuments, hotels, hospitals and department stores.
Interestingly, Google updated the map only a few weeks after the company’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited the dictatorship.