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Google Will No Longer Collect Street View Photos in Germany

Google has decided to stop collecting Street View photos in Germany, where regulators have spent much of the past two years railing against the search giant for violating the privacy of German residents. A company spokesman confirmed the decision in a statement sent to the Register, explaining that the images gathered across 20 German cities will remain available online, but reiterating that...

Google Wants Swiss Government to Lift Restrictions on Street View

Google's ongoing legal battle with European regulators has shifted to Switzerland. Today, the company asked a Swiss court to lift restrictions on its Street View service that have been in place for more than a year. The curbs were originally implemented in response to demands from authorities and privacy advocates, who claimed that the feature violated individual rights to privacy. Speaking...

Worldwide Graffiti Captured With 'Street Art View'

Last Spring, the street artist Gaia began archiving his graffiti exploits with Google Maps. Now, courtesy of Red Bull and the Loducca advertising agency, Gaia has an illustrious -- and expanding -- crew of Google graffiti compatriots. Composed entirely of graffiti art, Red Bull's new Street Art View project aspires to become "the biggest art collection in the world" by incorporating various...

Google Art Project Brings Street View Into Famous Museums

Google Street View has known its share of controversy and embarrassment in the past, but a new project could do wonders for the virtual tour-guide application's reputation. Google has partnered with 17 international art museums to provide virtual walking tours of their legendary halls. By visiting the Google Art Project, art fans can roam the halls of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,...

New Google Earth 6 Features Integrated Street View, 3-D Trees

Yesterday, Google unveiled the latest edition of its Google Earth digital atlas, which the company heralds as "the next generation of realism." The new Google Earth 6 sports a more highly integrated Street View feature, which allows users to zoom in from outer space directly to specific street corners or addresses. Taking a virtual stroll around a particular location is also substantially...

Naked Man and Dead Dog Spotted Together In Street View

We've seen a lot of weird stuff in Street View before, but this is -- by far -- the most unsettling. That is a naked man, either climbing into or out of the trunk of a convertible. And we think there's a pretty good chance that dog on the ground is not among the living. We think we can officially stop doing strange Street View posts now. Nothing will ever top this....

The Accidental Artistry of Google Street View

While we've discussed Google Street View's propensity to catch criminals, all of the service's arresting images don't have to do with arrests. Tumblr user Jon Rafman has compiled an album of incidentally captivating pictures that document natural wonder, human eccentricity, situational irony, accidental surrealism, and urban destitution. (Oh, and lots of urban prostitution, too.)...

Google Street View May Have Caught a Thief in Action

Google's Street View cameras have caught plenty of embarrassing images in the past, but one family thinks the service may have just identified the man who stole their camper. As Jalopnik explains, 11-year-old Reuben Soames first discovered the suspect while looking up his family's home in Derbyshire, England on Google Maps. The site's Street View images of the Soames' front yard showed their...

FTC Drops Investigation of Google Street View Privacy Breach

The investigation by attorneys general across the U.S. into Google Street View vehicles' voracious data gobbling will continue, as will investigations by authorities in Britain, France, Germany and Spain, among other governments. But the Internet giant just received some good news; in a letter sent to Google Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated that it was putting an end to its...

Google 'Mortified' that Street View Cars Gathered Personal Data

Google knows that it messed up. In May, the company admitted to inadvertently collecting unencrypted Wi-Fi data with its fleet of Street View cars. Now, Google's offering a little more insight into what kind of information those cars actually gathered. When the scandal first broke last spring, Google wasn't entirely certain about what data it collected from unsuspecting Wi-Fi users -- it just...

Google Cars Drive Themselves in Traffic

Google has been secretly building and testing autonomous vehicles that have successfully driven over 1,000 miles without any human intervention. The fleet of robot Priuses has logged 140,000 miles across California with only minimal input from a driver. The vehicles use cameras, radar and lasers to detect other cars, obstacles and pedestrians, and the vast databases of images in Google Maps and...

Google Street View Covers All Seven Continents, Penguins Reconsider Privacy

It was just over three years ago that Google introduced Street View in a select few U.S. cities. Since then, the project has greatly expanded, covering much of the globe. As of today, with the addition of Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica, Street View is now available on every continent. The scenery in Brazil and Ireland may be beautiful, but it's the addition of Antarctica that is really...

iTunes Costs $1 Billion to Run, YouTube Still Struggling With Profit

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... According to Fast Company, a new report from Asymco claims that running iTunes costs Apple $1 billion a year. [From: Fast Company] Despite what must be a critical mass of cat videos (and an even higher viewing rate), YouTube still isn't in the black, Google says. [Form: All Things D] Space shuttle Discovery was wheeled out of its...

Turntable Pinhole Photography, Preview William Gibson's 'Zero History'

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The above photo is from a pinhole camera placed on a turntable for the duration of the Doors' 'L'America.' [From: Tim Franco, via: Kitsune Noir] Wired's got an...

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...