Here's a sample image (I've cached the image on this server... note Google originally – oddly enough – uses GIF, not PNG):
The URL of this image would be (with line breaks added):
http://maps.google.com/staticmap? center=40.709028,-74.018672& zoom=14& size=400x400& maptype=mobile& markers=40.702147,-74.015794,blues %7C40.711614,-74.012318,greeng& key=YOURKEY
YOURKEY would be your personal Maps API key which you need to sign up for.
[Via Google's Lat Long blog.]
*However, there's a "query limit" of "1000 unique image requests per user per day," Google says (disclaiming that "additional requests of an identical image, in general, do not count towards this limit beyond the original request"). It's not made 100% clear how Google counts this, but depending on the type of use this may mean you need to add caching.
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