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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 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,...

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....

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 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...

Connecticut Leads Investigation of Google's Wi-Fi Data Gathering

Google is already in hot water with European regulators over the data it inadvertently collected while snapping images for the Street View feature of Google Maps. Now, U.S. attorneys general are looking into the incident, as well, with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal leading the charge. Blumenthal's office is spearheading the multi-state investigation of whether or not Google...

Google Street View Data Included Passwords and E-Mail

It was less than two weeks ago that Google agreed to turn over the data it inadvertently collected while assembling Street View. Now the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) has announced the results of its analysis and things do not look good for the G. Originally Google said that it had only recorded "fragments" of data, but an examination of the data revealed that it...

We Spy USB Buildings, Explore the Library of Congress Digitization Process

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. Spotted in Australia on Google Maps: these streets and buildings (above) look suspiciously like USB cords. [From: Neatorama] Our very own Josh Fruhlinger reminisces...

Google Agrees to Turn Over Wi-Fi Data to European Regulators

A few weeks ago Google admitted that it had inadvertently collected personal data being sent over Wi-Fi networks as its Street View cars made their way around the globe. Google collected certain data to identify networks and locations for later processing of the images it captured, however the company sucked up some extra data. Google simply wanted to erase the data and move on, but European...

Google Admits to Snooping on Personal Data via Street View Cars

Chevy Chase may not have been a big enough man to admit to his own wrongdoing in 'Fletch Lives,' but Google, apparently, is. On Friday, Google engineering chief Alan Eustace admitted that, for the past three years, his company has been unknowingly collecting personal data sent over open Wi-Fi networks. The admission, as the New York Times reports, came as a response to a recent inquiry from a...

Milkman Blames Google Street View for Garage Burglary

Google's Street View application has certainly captured bizarre people doing bizarre things. And it's definitely come under fire from some who claim that it crosses a certain line of privacy. But could Street View really help criminals target their victims? Such is the claim made by 52-year-old Englishman Gordon Rayner, who says that Google's Street View enticed a group of burglars to attack...

Norwegian Men in Scuba Gear Chase Google Street View Car

Share Digging up hilarious, candid shots captured on Google Street View has quickly become one of our favorite online pastimes. But as much as we love watching an unsuspecting weirdo suddenly become digitally immortalized for all the world to see, a couple of dudes in Norway may have just orchestrated the greatest Google Maps hoax ever. As BoingBoing reports, photos recently captured by...

Is Google Street View Taking Its Cameras Indoors?

Share Google Street View can take you down almost any street in America, and through just about every major city worldwide. But Street View stops right where its name implies -- in the street. That might be changing though, if a source that e-mailed the blog, Search Engine Land, is to be believed. New York City nut and candy shop, Oh Nuts, e-mailed Search Engine Land claiming a representative...

Google Street View Catches Tree Assassin Red Handed

Share Back in the day, all you needed to break open a court case was some modicum of logical argumentation, and Gregory Peck's voice. Fast forward to 2010. Exit Atticus Finch, and enter Google's Street View. As Wired reports, Margaret Burnyeat, of Vancouver, Canada, was charged last year with the illegal removal of trees, after allegedly hiring a company to chop down some 23 cedar, cypress...