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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...

Finland considering legalization of unsecured home WiFi networks

The Finnish Ministry of Justice may be realizing just how silly it is to criminalize unsecured home Wi-Fi networks. At least, if the report from YLE News in Finland has any credence, anyway. The original report itself is in Finnish, but a facepalmingly-garbled Google translation can be viewed here. Apparently, Wi-Fi networks in Finland are often just as unsecured as they are everywhere else (I gu...

Government warnings against IE cause orgy of Firefox, Opera downloads

Recently, Internet Explorer has taken a lot of heat. This time, however, it hasn't been coming from disgruntled web devs or tech-savvy folks like our readers. No, this round of 'ditch IE' requests came from the governments of Germany, France, and Australia. The result: their citizens ditching IE en masse. As you can see in the chart, nearly 300,000 Germans have downloaded Firefox in the l...

File sharing service RapidShare ordered to filter content

Rapidshare is a service that makes it easy for users to upload and share files with a large number of people. It can come in handy whether you want to send a large file to a friend who has an email service with file attachment size limits or you want to share files with visitors to your website without paying a hefty web hosting bill. But Rapidshare has never gained the respect that sites like ...

German Gmail could be a goner

Despite the stupid alliteration in the title, German Gmail users could face a real threat to their service. The threatened shutdown is In response to a new German law that will require email services to keep personally identifiable information for account holders. For all the information Google tracks about its users, the company doesn't require a home address, phone number, or anything else that ...

Teenie Bopper social network site Piczo gets a larger vocabulary

One thing that tends to take a while in the Web 2.0 market is the expansion to non-English speaking markets. Even Google is guilty of waiting a while to open up services for non-English speaking residents of the world. Piczo, the social network that specializes in the teen market, has finally expanded to include other languages. The second place superstar in the social space for teens now has int...

Quaero: The official search engine of the European Union

In his 2006 New Year's address, French President Jacques Chirac apparently focused on Quaero, a new search engine being built by "some of the top tech labs in France and Germany." The project is ambitious, to say the least, reportedly providing "an array of multimedia tools for identifying and indexing images, sound and text," including "a powerful translating tool which w...