Google release Google Maps APIs

The net has been strife with examples of highly innovative google map hacks. Here's how you can make you own version as well. However, Google has been shutting down a few of them siting their Terms of Use.

However, as if to display its intention of letting such innovations flourish google has announced an official way of programmatically harnessing the power of google maps - Google Maps API. There's a API discussion group as well.