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10 Essential Bookmarklets for Better Browsing

Bookmarklets are an interesting and lightweight alternative to full-fledged browser extensions. Unlike regular bookmarks, bookmarklets don't take you to a website, but perform an action on the page you're currently viewing. They use bits of code, usually Javascript, to do things like send links, translate a page or mark a site for future reference. While they can't offer the deep functionality...

Google Lets Germans Erase Their Homes on Street View

In response to protests from privacy advocates in Europe's most populous country, Google is now allowing Germans to completely erase their homes from the company's Street View feature -- but only for a limited time. In an unprecedented move, Google has decided to give Germans until September 15th to fully "opt-out" of Street View. Should a German user choose to nix the service, which is...

Dimensions Puts Important Events and Structures in Your Backyard

If It Was My Home brought the tragedy of the BP oil spill to your backyard by laying an outline of the environmental disaster over a Google Map of your own neighborhood. Dimensions, an experiment created in partnership with the BBC, may have been conceived before the debut of the oil spill-specific site, but they use the same trick to put world and historical events into perspective. ...

Lazy Road Trip: Man Traverses Britain Using Google Street View

Walking the entire 1,200 mile length of Britain is no easy feat, but using Google Street View to "travel" the same stretch of land is just plain boring. Matthew Partridge, however, has embarked on this adventure, going pixel by pixel from Land's End to John O'Groats in ten days. Honestly, we'd rather go the actual distance than stare at a screen for 240 hours, but, hey, at least the bright line in...

Boomerang Gmail Plugin Lets You Send and Receive Whenever You Want

We don't know about you guys, but here at Switched, we get a boatload of e-mails and that's not going to change any time soon. We send almost as many as we receive, too. Truth be told, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes, so we're a little intrigued by Boomerang for Gmail, which promises to help tame your inbox deluge by bringing a few welcome tricks to the Gmail toolbox. The problem...

Gmail Saves the Universe in 'Galactic Inbox'

Here's a cute little timewaster for Gmail fans: 'Galactic Inbox.' The premise is simple: You control a mighty winged Gmail envelope tasked with disposing an onslaught of baddies, including cans of what we presume are a major brand of luncheon meat. You blast your way until you meet the boss, a birdcage with spiked balls for arms holding other Gmail envelopes hostage. Your goal, obviously, is to...

Nick Newcomen's GPS Writing Tells World to 'Read Ayn Rand'

Share Nick Newcomen had something to get off his chest, so he decided to write it across the continental U.S. Literally. With the help of a Qstarz BT-Q1000X GPS logging device and seemingly endless amounts of spare time, Newcomen spent a full month driving across 30 states, along a route he'd carefully planned before leaving his house. When he finally ended his trek, his trans-continental...

OMG! There's a Dead Girl on Google Street View! (Nope, Just Kidding)

In an innocent hoax that tickles our schadenfreude bone (we think it's located somewhere near the patella?), a cherubic and awesomely named Azura Beebeejaun -- aged 10, and of Worcester, England -- lay face-down in the gutter. Azura cast her shoes aside for effect, and, naturally, a Google Street View car doddered past, resulting in a multi-angled image of young Azura on Google, looking much...

Google Unveils Voice Actions and Chrome to Phone, Skips Video Calls

It was shockingly last minute, but Google decided to organize a little press conference today. On the menu were a pair of new features for Android that close a few of the remaining performance gaps between iOS and Google's mobile OS. Although there was no mention of video chat (as many speculated), and although we were denied a peak at the next generation of Android (dubbed Gingerbread), we did...

Facebook Criticizes Google and Verizon's Net Neutrality Plans

Google and Verizon have already taken plenty of heat for their recently unveiled joint-proposal on how to apply Net neutrality ideology to regulatory policy. Now, Facebook has joined the chorus of boos by formally announcing its opposition to the plan. As the New York Times reports, the social network is raising concerns about any plan that would exempt wireless carriers from Net neutrality rules,...

Backpack Uses Lasers to Render 3-D Models of Building Interiors

Thanks to technology like Google Earth, you can visit places with a few clicks and keystrokes. But Google Earth uses GPS to create 3-D maps of locations, which means you can't venture "inside" the structures to really get a feel for the space. That could soon change. According to a report by San Francisco's ABC News 7 (catch it after the break), professors and graduate students at the...

Having Issues With Hotmail? Microsoft Suggests Chrome

Microsoft's new version of Hotmail, now officially called Windows Live Hotmail, finally landed for the service's 350 million users last week. And since that time, customers have been complaining of a number of problems, including an excruciatingly slow response to input, scripting errors, browser crashes and even being completely locked out of their accounts. It's not clear exactly what the...

Gmail Contacts Get Much Needed (and Pretty Looking) Improvements

If there has been one glaring fault with Gmail, it's contact management. Thankfully, it seems that Google hasn't been ignoring its users' complaints, as it announced today that the contacts functions in Gmail were getting some much needed love. Gmail itself got a slight facelift that makes better use of the left-hand navigation bar, and gives a more prominent placement to Tasks and Contacts....

Google's South Korea Offices Raided Over Street View Data Collection

Already under fire from privacy advocates and politicians in the U.S., Google is now facing a probe from the South Korean government, amid speculation that the company may have illegally collected private information from Korean users. As Reuters reports, police raided Google Korea's Seoul offices yesterday, as part of an ongoing investigation into the company's Street View service. After more...

Google and Verizon Offer Open Internet Proposals

Today Google and Verizon unveiled their joint statement of principles regarding the governance and regulation of the Web. The policy proposal makes a number of suggestions regarding the application of Net neutrality ideology, and the ultimate goal, Google says, is to protect consumer choice, and to encourage investment and innovation in broadband infrastructure. The proposal, which Verizon and...