Wikimedia Foundation :: Previous versions of Wikipedia's application used Google Maps for the nearby view. This has now been replaced with OpenStreetMap - an open and free source of Map Data that has been referred to as ‘Wikipedia for Maps.’ This closely aligns with our goal of making knowledge available in a free and open manner to everyone. This also means we no longer have to use proprietary Google APIs in our code, which helps it run on the millions of cheap Android handsets that are purely open source and do not have the proprietary Google applications.
Hat tip: Jon Mitchell, ReadWriteWeb, via "How Apple, Microsoft & Wikipedia Fight Google's 'Best-Loved Service'"
[Jon Mitchell:] (Google Maps is) free, but it's monetized with little sponsored links, and it ties into Google's quest to lock up the business of location search. But the big business move for Google Maps was to start charging for API access after turning the service into a burgeoning platform. That's where the trouble started.
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