Buzztracker is an interesting news map (similar to newsmap or in the news). Instead of just putting the events (extracted from google news) in squares like in newsmap, it displays the news on a world map. Another great feature is the fact that events are threaded: connections between events and places are shown on the map, very simply. What's cool also is that it provides an RSS feed with images (see here).
These sort of map are more and more relevant with regard to the increasing amount of informaiton we are dealing with (or at least infojunkies are addicted to). I like when a limited parsing is done like featuring connections/patterns in buzztracker or the winners/losers in "in the news".