Google have been getting a bit of a bad press over the last week or so as Openstreetmap accused Google of spatial vandalism. It appears that a number of malicious edits were made to OSM from Google IP addresses. OSM could not be sure if this was a deliberate or coordinated attack and Google has responded quickly by sacking two contractors who they believe to be responsible.
OSM is a community led mapping project which relies on contributers to add reliable and accurate information for the benefit of society. Google has a company philosiphy of “dont be evil” but perhaps this philosophy doesnt scale when the company grows into a huge organisation or expands into emerging countries which are by their very nature ultra-competitive.
Accurate data is a must if your map is to be used and trusted. On this note, eagle eyed @oobr spotted a data anomaly on Google. There seems to be a road almost linking the Faroes with Orkney and Shetland. An ambitious engineering feat but probably some years off.