Google Flight Search Adds New Regions Search; Detailed North Korea Maps Published

New detailed maps of North Korea in Google Maps published today to the world. Flight Search adds new region search now shows live prices on the map. Pwnium 3 with focus on Chrome OS take place on-site at the CanSecWest conference on March 7. Google and Le Monde to train journalists with its Monde Académie.

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Google Maps now providing people with the most comprehensive, accurate, and easy-to-use modern map of the North Korea.

This map is made by a community of citizen cartographers using Google Map Maker who contributed road names and points of interest. As a result, "the world can access maps of North Korea that offer much more information and detail than before," google said.

Here is a picture of Pyongyang (평양) before and after:

Google Maps North Korea Pyongyang BeforeGoogle Maps North Korea Pyongyang After

In other Google news, Flight Search now lets you quickly search for regions and "not just airports." Starting today, "whether you're planning a trip on your desktop, tablet or phone, you can use Flight Search to search for countries, states, islands and even continents from any U.S. or Canadian origin," Google blogged.

For example, now instead of checking prices to Kailua-Kona or Kahului, you could type 'Hawaii' into Flight Search. Live prices would then appear on the map, so you can quickly compare the cost of the different options.

Google Flight Search adds regional search feature

Google also announced today the third Pwnium competition dubbed "Pwnium 3," with a new fouch on "Chrome OS."

"We'll issue Pwnium 3 rewards for Chrome OS at the following levels, up to a total of $3.14159 million USD," Google stated that include:

  • "$110,000: browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
  • $150,000: compromise with device persistence -- guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page."

Pwnium 3 will take place on-site at the CanSecWest conference on March 7.

Google notes that standard Pwnium rules apply: "the deliverable is the full exploit plus accompanying explanation and breakdown of individual bugs used. Exploits should be served from a password-authenticated and HTTPS-supported Google property, such as Google App Engine. The bugs used must not be known to us or fixed on trunk," added Google.

Finally, Google and Le Monde partner to train nex generation journalism in France with its Monde Académie.

"Le Monde is opening up its newsrooms to 68 apprentice journalists aged 18 to 25. No journalism degree is required. Each day, the newspaper will publish one of their stories, or one of their photos, drawings or video," Google blogged.

In France, Le Monde says journalism is "perceived as one of the professions most closed to young people." Le Monde Académie aims to change that perception.