Predictable Stories of 2005 aus wired


...... Google Maps: In retrospect, how did anyone bear using MapQuest 's clunky interface, and why didn't we all realize that dragging a map would feel so good?

Of course, the geniuses at Google recognized that every American'sbirthright includes not only a search engine that works, but alsoonline maps complete with Ajax goodness , satellite views and adorable pushpins.

For its part, Google told News.com that it wouldn't talk to its reporters for a year after the site ran a story about Google's privacy implications ,featuring Googleable information about CEO Eric Schmidt. Googlerelented after much publicity and, presumably, the realization thatNews.com (which went so far as to cover Google chefs )planned to include the following line at the end of every Google story:"Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking withCNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issuesraised by a previous story."

Podcasting's popularity: Given the length ofAmericans' commutes and the domination of drive-time radio by annoyingshock jocks and payola-driven pabulum, predicting thatprogram-it-yourself radio would take off should have been a no-brainer.....

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