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Google Street View trike adds historic landmarks from Italy and France to Google Maps

Google's been busy with its pedal-powered Street View trike, going where no Street View car can reach, bringing us some of the most impressive virtual tours of significant landmarks across the globe. Now Google has made available Street View imagery of some of the most historic and impressive places in both Italy and France. Have you ever wanted to take a look round the Colosseum in Rome whi...

Google Street View help site relaunched, now with lots more information and pretty photos

Google has relaunched its Street View help site, which is meant to serve both as a showcase of what Street View does, as well as an information hub about the service and the vehicles it uses to gather its now-famous photos. As before, the site shows where Street View vehicles are working at the moment. New sections have been added though, and they give you details about each type of vehicl...

Google Earth 6 adds integrated Street View and 3D trees

Google Earth just got a whole lot more realistic with the release of Google Earth 6. The new version of Google's gorgeous "digital atlas" integrates Street View and adds 3D trees, making browsing Google Earth even closer to actually being there. The trees have been added to Google Earth's existing 3D environment, while Street View has basically been dropped on top of it. You can activate Stree...

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's Schmidt says Street View-phobes "can just move"

Don't like the thought of having Google's Street View cars photographing your home or business? You're not alone, apparently, what with at least 240,000 Germans recently voicing their desire to remain un-pictured. Good news, everyone! Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a solution for you: just move. Yes, it's the brilliant solution he offered months back when responding to the "what if I don't want G...

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 Maps for Android gets GPS navigation for walking routes

Pedestrians might get exercise or save on gas, but they don't get the fancy turn-by-turn GPS directions that drivers do. Or, they didn't until Google decided to release Walking Navigation in Google Maps 4.5 for Android. Android users can now use GPS navigation in walking mode, getting suggestions for the best pedestrian routes Google knows about. This navigation mode isn't just a copy of drivi...

Google cleared of grabbing personal data via Street View vehicles

A UK regulatory body has cleared Google of stealing users' personal data via Wi-Fi snooping from its Street View vehicles. Google admitted that it mistakenly snooped packets of data from open Wi-Fi hotspots while taking photos for Street View, and it turned over the data to several governments who wanted to investigate exactly what had been collected. The UK Information Commissioner's Office concl...

Google's Street View trucks reportedly snooped passwords, email addresses

Google's Street View vehicles drive around collecting the images that power the very useful map service, but it turns out they've been collecting a bit more than that. The trucks grab location data from open Wi-Fi networks as they travel, automatically jumping networks five times a second. It turns out that in that 1/5th of a second they spent on each network, Street View vehicles may have gathere...

Google Places: businesses get their own Google profiles

People have been able to create Google profiles since 2008, and now places are getting their own Google pages. As part of an effort to make things in the real world more searchable, Google has converted its blandly-named Local Business Center into the much sexier Google Places. Places combines the 4 million pages that business owners have added to the Local Business Center with the 50 million ...

Google Street View removes images of secret UK sites

It turns out that when Google recently deployed Street View all across the UK, they mistakenly ignored "do not photograph" signs around some key military installations, including bases of the Special Boat Service and Special Air Service (SAS) and the MI5 headquarters. This obviously raised some (real or imaginary) concerns that said images might be used by terrorists, and Google promptly remove...

Google Street View to let you walk into shops soon?

Apparently a small-time business in NYC called "Oh Nuts" claims Google paid them a visit and asked to take photos inside the store every six feet (that's every two meters for the rest of us), a-la Street View. They took photos of the aisles and of actual products. Google say they're just experimenting and are not making any statements (how surprising), but still, it's an interesting prospect...

MapQuest rolls out 360 view in really slow game of catchup with Google Maps

A few years ago I really thought that MapQuest was going to go the way of Kleenex or Xerox. When I asked people if they had directions, they'd say "I mapquested it." These days, Google Maps, Microsoft's Bing Maps, and other services are constantly getting new features while MapQuest sometimes feels like it's stuck in 2005. But in the world's slowest game of catchup, MapQuest added 360 degree v...