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Google is enabling 'promoted pins' in Maps as part of larger advertising push

Other parts of the new initiative are trying to build deeper links between online advertising and in-store purchases.

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Google Maps embraces Uber and other services with dedicated ride-sharing tab

Google Maps got an Uber upgrade that makes it clearer and easier to hail a car with your smartphone.

Apple shutting down transit app HopStop in October

HopStop, acquired by Apple in 2013, serves transit directions to 113 U.S. cities, while Apple Maps in iOS 9 will serve only six.