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Sell Stuff on Street View: Google Patents Virtual Billboards

All your virtual billboards are belong to Google. Plans are in the works for a possible new advertising system through Google Street View, in which virtual spaces will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Software will identify points of interest in "panoramic or 3-D mapping environments" such as billboards, buildings, and banners, and put them up for auction to potential advertisers. In the...

Musician Follows Google Street View in Search of Fame

When a band engages in viral marketing, it usually wants to make sure the plan is well thought out, and the gimmick is highly visible. But not Nate Heagy, of Fear Salesman, an industrial tinged, pop-rock group from Saskatoon, Canada, who decided that the best way to draw attention to his band was to simply pop up on Google Street View. Heagy told the CBC in an interview, "When Google announced...

Google Street View: The Movie, A Buddy Comedy

Google has photographed nearly every street in America, and it's working on expanding Street View to the rest of the planet. Ever wonder how Google put together this impressive and intrusive feature for Maps? Well College Humor would like to imagine it started with two pasty, humanoid blobs hired by Google to take a road trip across the entire country. Minus the Gumby like appearance (and...

Google Street View Catches Burning Van

Google Street View provides endless entertainment, as the Googlemobile frequently catches people basking in the nude, breaking into buildings, and hiding out while they should be working. Breaking with tradition, though, I Am The Worst Blogger discovered an awesome Street View image that could have actually helped someone, rather than helping to incarcerate them. The image clearly depicts a...

Philip Garrido Kidnapping Case Displays the Reach of Google

Philip Garrido is, to put it mildly, a creepy dude. (We prefer to describe him as a tad 'rapey' looking). Everything surrounding the case of the confessed kidnapper, rapist, and now suspected serial killer is unsettling. The case gets truly bizarre and horrifying when you start looking at all of the online elements. The most immediately disturbing, and most revealing, is Garrido's blog -- Voices...

Man Paints the World With Google Street View

Bill Guffey has seen the world from his rural Kentucky home, thanks to Google's Street View application. Using the mapping tool, which allows users to navigate maps via 360-degree views, he's created a unique series of oil paintings. According to ABC News, Guffey rendered a scene from every U.S. state (except Hawaii, since Street View isn't in place there yet) and Washington, D.C. This...

Google Street View Sees the Light... in Brooklyn

Google Street View is well known for some of the crazy things picked up by its roving band of car-mounted cameras. There are mundane, if disturbing, sights -- like these shots of Bambi getting run down -- and more surreal images of lasers, ghosts, and alien invasions. But none of those is quite as otherworldly as the mysterious light in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. The bright light erupting...

Google Street View Helps Solve Robbery

There's no question about it. Teens are spending more and more time online. Now, we could argue whether that is good or bad endlessly, but in one case, at least, it's been a good thing. A Dutch boy's dedicated surfing has helped local police to solve a crime, according to the AP. While riding his bike down the streets of Groningen, a 14-year-old was yanked off his bike by two men who then stole...

Google's Holodeck Presents Interactive StreetView at 360 Degrees

Ah, Google. Making human contact obsolete one development at a time. At its Mountain View Googleplex, the search engine-turned-megalith brought out its StreetView Holodeck simulator for the Google I/O Conference on Wednesday. The Holodeck, like a Disney ride for adults, is a small, circular, one-person viewing room with a 360-degree view of the nearby area projected on its walls. (Think...

Googlemobile Smashes Street View Camera Into Low Bridge

Man, the life of a Google Street View driver seems less and less glamorous with each passing day. They have to deal with angry mobs and zealous traffic cops. Now, we've found out the drivers have had to deal with the ultimate foe for anyone driving with a huge pole-mounted camera on their roof: low bridges. In a total forehead-smacking moment, a Google Street View driver forgot how much...

Angry British Villagers Block Google Street View Car, Incident Caught on CCTV

Look we understand demands for privacy. We just find it ironic that citizens of Broughton (pronunciation: bak-w…ôrd), a small village in a nation where CCTV cameras look, evaluate behavior, and sometimes speak at virtually every intersection, would block a Google Street View car on grounds of invasion of privacy. Seems to us that they've given up on that right a long, long time ago. Though the...

British Man Caught Puking on Google StreetView

Yes, it's happened before, but that doesn't mean seeing drunken escapades caught on Google StreetView is any less funny. The latest terrific image comes to us from London, where a man can be seen yakking all over a sidewalk. As Gizmodo points out, by way of some readers, the man wearing the antlers signifies that this little incident occurred during a stag party, otherwise known as a bachelor...

Did Google Street View Kill This Deer?

We've seen tons of interesting and hilarious stuff on Google Street View, but this made us a little sad. See the cute little deer skipping across the road above? Move forward two frames and turn around (check out the embedded map after the break) -- poor guy never had a chance. If you really want to tug at your heart strings skip forward one frame and point the camera down... The images of...

Google Doubles Street View Coverage

Oh Street View, how we love reporting on your stories. Whether you're violating peoples' privacy, making neighborhood shame international, or acting as a stage for performance art, you've always been entertaining. But useful? That question we're not so sure of, but however useful it may have been before, the aerial satellite image service is now twice-so, with Google having just doubled the...

iPhone Update Brings Google Street View and Podcast Downloads

It's here. Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from iTunes. Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability to share your location via email. Bug fixes, Safari enhancements, the ability to toggle auto-text correction, and plenty more... just like we heard in the pre-rumor run-up. Now get outta here, your iTunes update awaits. Update: Added some screenshots of...