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Taiwan asks Apple to blur images of its missile defense system in iOS 6’s Maps app

The Taiwanese government has requested that Apple (AAPL) camouflage satellite images of its “$1.4 billion early warning radar station that can detect  aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China” located near the Hsinchu Air Bas, the Associated Press reports. Melting bridges and road grievances aside, Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6 doesn’t use low-resolution satellite images to blur out top-secret prisons or bases, thus putting many secure locations in jeopardy. Taiwanese Defense Ministry spokesman David Lo told the AP that Apple should take a page from Google’s (GOOG) own Google Maps where sensitive facilities are blurred upon request. Apple has moved quickly to comply with Taiwan’s request and its app now shows obscured imagery over the Hsinchu Air Base.

[Via TheNextWeb]

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Raymond Wong

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