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Just two months after Google announced its intention to retire the consumer version of Goolge+, the company has reported another vulnerability and expedited the shutdown. Instead of August of 2019, Google will retire the service in April 2019. Google+ APIs will be shut down in the next 90 days.
Google continues to expand its third version of the maps API to include features already in the second version. Most recently, they've added driving directions, which gives programmatic access to the routing data between two points. As with the rest of Maps V3, which was released in May, the team took a fresh approach, so some interfaces have changed.