GoogleMaps update?

Did I miss the news somewhere that GoogleMaps got a big UI update?

The largest noticeable difference is that when you "zoom" it's first just increases the resolution size of the current layer of tiles, and then replaces them with the actual higher-resolution (new) tiles as they come back from the server. The effect is a kind of disjointed 'popping'. I like the idea that the zooming is better, but I don't think they should zoom the text - which makes the popping more apparent.

There are other little flavorings are Web2.0-boxing of the 'Search the map | Find businesses | Get directions' tabs.

Ahh, I see there was a GoogleMaps Blog post titled, appropriately "Zoooooooom!".

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.