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MapCrunch lets you teleport to random and interesting Street View locations

Did you know that there's Street View in Antarctica? I had no idea until MapCrunch showed me! You know those websites that show you large panoramas of all sorts of interesting places? MapCrunch takes Google's Street View and nimbly converts it into just such a website. All you have to do is hit the large green button labeled Go!, and MapCrunch instantly updates the large Street View display with ...

Google Street View house blurring goes live in Germany

Google Street View launched over the weekend in Germany, complete with a small proportion of houses "removed." Roughly 3 percent of Germans included in the Street View covered areas objected to having their house photographed and included in the service. German privacy standards allowed officials to force Google into providing an opt-out, which allowed German home owners to request the remova...

Google faces landmark fine in Britain for 'gross invasion of privacy'

Britain's Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, announced yesterday that a new investigation into the Google Street View privacy debacle will be opened. If found guilty of a breach of privacy, Google could face a fine of up to £500,000 ($790,000). While £500,000 might seem like a pittance compared to the billions of dollars that Google has in the bank, it is the maximum fine...

Google finally admits Street View vehicles collected passwords, promises privacy fixes

Google has admitted that its Street View cars have collected entire passwords and emails while mapping the world and collecting information about open Wi-Fi hotspots on their way. Google's Senior VP of Engineering and Research, Alan Eustace, mentioned this today in a blog post dedicated to how Google plans to deal with privacy controls inside the company. Google has been accused by many governm...

Google Street View released for Canada and the Czech Republic

Huzzah! Google Street View has finally been released in Canada (and the Czech Republic). This Canadian blogger is pretty excited, since it has been a long time coming. There's something surreal about finding your own house in Google Maps, then actually looking at your front door. For people who have never used Google Street View, the functionality isn't immediately obvious. To enable it, you hav...

Four more cities added to Google street View

Google has added Street View imagery for 4 additional cities: Orlando, Houston, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The San Diego Street Views feature high-resolution imagery similar to that used in San Francisco. Of course, the first thing anyone does when Google announces new features is indulge their inner voyeur by seeking out the strangest possible street views. So far, the best we've found is a St...

Latest Google acquisition: ImageAmerica

Google has acquired a company that makes high resolution cameras for capturing aerial images. ImageAmerica supplied Google with up to date images of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The move will allow Google to update the imagery in Google Maps and Google Earth. No word on how much Google paid for this latest acquisition or how long we'll have to wait before we see the new images start to app...

Earthmine takes on Google Street View

CNet's WebWare has the scoop on a new company that's about to make Google Maps look like Mapquest. Yeah, I know, low blow. Basically, Earthmine is working on an online mapping service that will provide street level views much more detailed than those available with Google Street View. The images are gathered using laser range-finding and still cameras. Google on the other hand, is taking its ima...

EveryScape: Google Street View killer?

If you were impressed with Google Street View, you ain't seen nothing yet. EveryScape is a new service set to launch this fall that presents a realistic 3D view of streetscapes and public places by putting together information from 2D photos. You can navigate through the streetscape by clicking on green arrow buttons. Where information is available, you can also click on icons to find out what bu...