Google Maps Excuse For Central American Invasion

Nicaragua crossed in to Costa Rican territory claiming it as part of their country and cited Google Maps as the arbitrator of their borders, despite the San Juan River being the recognized border, the Washington Post reported.

Costa Rica contacted the Organization of American States to urge Nicaragua to withdraw security forces from a border zone to ease tensions over a two-century-old territorial dispute.

"Daniel Helft, director of public policies for Google Latin America, acknowledged last week that the company has found "an inaccuracy in the shaping of the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is working to update the information as quickly as possible," the Washington Post stated.

The two countries have been disputing the extent of their territories and Nicaragua has started dredging the river and has at least 50 troops in Costa Rica, the newspaper noted.

Nicaragua is asking Google not to change their map until the dispute is resolved.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.