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Exploring the Challenges of Location Data Privacy

The internet is buzzing with the changes that iOS11 and Android Oreo bring to location data privacy. In iOS11, a prominent blue bar may appear when an app is using GPS to get a location fix, making it very easy to figure out if an app is doing higher fidelity location tracking in the background, without...

Verification for Free API Accounts

Today we are implementing a verification requirement for free API users in order to have access to the full allocation of free API requests (10,000 calls per day for most APIs, including Global Places). Unverified users will be capped at 100 calls per day. All existing API users will automatically be granted verified status. There are...

Keep on Driving

You may have noticed that we’ve built up a pretty extensive array of software drivers to access our API. I’d like to take a few moments to provide insight into our driver strategy and the lessons that have informed it. First and foremost: we anticipate virtually all developers will prefer to use a driver when we’ve...

Is That a Fact?

One of the product management interview questions I’ve been asking of recent is this: “how tall was Napoleon?” The question requires a prop - a print out of search results for how tall was napoleon. There are a couple assumptions I ask candidates to make. First, that his height is one of many that I want...