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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...

Chicago Teacher Accused of Ridiculing 7-Year-Old Student on Facebook

A public school teacher in Chicago is under investigation for allegedly ridiculing one of her students on Facebook. Last week, 7-year-old Ukailya Lofton attached Jolly Rancher candies to the ends of her braids in celebration of her school's picture day. The hairstyle reportedly amused Lofton's computer teacher, who allegedly took a picture of the child with her cell phone and shared it on...

'Creepy' App Uses Photo Data to Pinpoint Your Location

Ever wonder how easy it would be for someone to track your every move? You can now find out with a new app called 'Creepy.' Created by 26-year-old Yiannis Kakavas, 'Creepy' is a software package that allows users to pinpoint anyone's location, using geographic data embedded within shared photos. All you have to do is type in a person's Twitter or Flickr username, and hit the 'Geolocate...

Prankster Duo Lovingly Retouches Facebook Photos, With a Splash of Derp

If you're a prankster with a modicum of Photoshop skills, you'll probably want to get in on this one. Oli and Alex are charmers who use their innate artistic abilities to seriously piss off their hapless friend James. As Oli puts it: "I like going onto my friend's Facebook page, taking photos of him, changing them slightly, then putting them back up on Facebook. He doesn't like me doing this."...

Facebook Wedding Photos Lead to Polygamy Arrest for Michigan Man

Police in Michigan have arrested a man on charges of polygamy after discovering some incriminating wedding photos on Facebook. In 2004, 34-year-old Richard Leon Barton, Jr. reportedly married a Rhode Island woman, whom he'd met online. Not long after their wedding, Barton mysteriously de-friended his new bride on Facebook, and soon vanished from her life altogether. Though the two had discussed...

Instaprint Creates Inkless, On-Demand Photo Prints From Instagram Snaps

Capitalizing on people's nostalgia for old Polaroid prints, a company called Breakfast will soon beta-test a location-based printer that will create inkless, on-demand photos from the Instagram iPhone app. Instaprint, as it's called, automatically prints photos that are taken with Instagram app and tagged with a specific location or hashtag. Next week, Breakfast will show off two printers to...

If You Take a Photo of Your Breakfast, Kellogg Will Donate Food to Needy Kids

What better way to help those who can't afford to eat breakfast than by celebrating the processed trash that the rest of America scarfs down every morning? That seems to be the impetus behind Share Your Breakfast, a new campaign launched by the Kellogg Company. For every image uploaded to the campaign's site, Kellogg will donate a breakfast to a child in need, in the hopes of handing out a...

LAPD Using Smartphones to Track, Arrest Graffiti Vandals

On Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department launched the Tracking and Automated Graffiti Removal System (TAGRS) -- a program that allows law enforcement officials to track graffiti artists/vandals with their smartphones. Under TAGRS, graffiti-cleaning crew members can use their smartphones to take photos of any vandalism, and upload the images to a LAPD database. The photos are then analyzed,...

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...

Camera Tech Could Let You Refocus Your Blurry Shot After You Take It

Pelican Imaging has developed a prototype imaging system for cellphones with 25 tiny cameras, which take 25 separate pictures and combine those into one bigger, better image. Instead of using a single, large lens and sensor, Pelican's camera array technology uses multiple lenses and sensor to capture light images, adds some 3-D depth and gesture control, and could even let users manipulate a...

Facebook Rolls Out Bigger, Better Photo System and Gaming Credits

If there is one company evolving faster than Google, it's Facebook. What exactly the social network is evolving into, though, we're not sure. A few new features -- such as a massive overhaul of photo-sharing capabilities and a new credits system that makes in-game purchases easier, and offers discounts on virtual goods -- are finally starting to roll out to users. The new photo features will...

Flickr Accidentally Deletes 4,000 Photos, Offers Polite Apology to Photographer

A Zurich-based photoblogger named Mirco Wilhelm is really, really upset today, because Flickr accidentally deleted his account, along with some 4,000 of his online photographs. The mishap occurred a few days ago, after Wilhelm sent in a support ticket to complain about a user who was posting photos that appeared to be stolen. The Flickr staff member who received the complaint mixed up the two...

4chan Founder Unveils 'Canvas' Imageboard to Limited Audience

4chan founder Christopher Poole has just launched his latest site, Canvas, to a select group of invitees. Canvas, at its most basic level and much like 4chan, provides users with a forum for discussion. Members post content to the site, others chime in, and the conversation snowballs from there. All user identities remain anonymous, but, unlike 4chan, all content is archived and recorded on...

Google Brings 130,000 Holocaust Photos, Documents Online

Thousands of historical photos and documents from the Holocaust are now available online, thanks to a collaborative project from Google and Israel's Yad Vashem memorial. The initiative, which launched yesterday, will allow users to search through 130,000 photos from the Jerusalem-based institute, which houses the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents. With the help of experimental...

Councilman Wants to Shame Drunk Drivers by Posting DUI Mug Shots on Facebook

The next time you get caught drinking and driving in Huntington Beach, California, you may get more than just a mark on your record; you could get tagged on Facebook, as well. Huntington Beach city councilman Devin Dwyer is calling on local police to begin posting mug shots of repeat DUI offenders on Facebook. Dwyer's proposal initially called for all drunk drivers to be publicly shamed on the...