update 2: Newsmap is back online! the server IP is now whitelisted and the parser is up and running.
Marcos Weskamp: "Thank you so much for your help and comments. It's really amazing to see such a positive response from everyone. I'm really moved. Now that we are back in place, and hopefully "legal", I'll jump back into development for the 2.0 version. Expect updates soon :)
update 1: Marcos Weskamp (the Newsmap developer) is in touch with the Google News team, and they are trying to figure something out.
Google Newsmap, one of the most information aesthetic visualizations existing today (my one & only screensaver), has ceased to exist.
"As of today, November 15th 2007, Google decided to pull the plug on it by shutting down access to the parser I use to scrape their HTML. Newsmap basically reads their site and takes all the bits needed to create a one screen visualization of all the news they themselves scrape from the rest of the internet. Google offers RSS feeds for some of their pages, however, the data required to create the visualization does not exist there. The Newsmap HTML parser is key to grab Google News data.