Lots of sites are relaying the story that the Virtual Earth mapping service unleashed today by the Big Monopoly has wiped Apple’s Cupertino campus off the face of the earth. No conspiracy, of course. The problem is that the site is using old photographs – at least 15 years old.

This is an amusing little piece of trivia, but I hope no one is using Virtual Earth to actually get around. Visitors to Washington are going to be might confused when they try to drive the road shown on this map across the south lawn of the White House.