If you’ve been following the comments in this blog, you’ll note that Simon Dixon has unwrapped NewsMap, which he says
puts a newsroom-friendly face on the Google Maps API. The end-user sees an annotated map (or satellite image), with various points of interest marked on it, using custom icons. The points are presented in a sequence, allowing the map’s creator to tell a story in flowing narrative, or simply to encourage continued click-throughs.
This is a nicely done initiative, and shows the kind of thing that maps make possible.