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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...

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...

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...

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...

Grad Student Builds Google Street View Pedestrian Remover

A couple of years ago, Google began blurring any pedestrian faces or vehicle license plates captured by any of its Street View cameras in response to outcries from privacy advocates around the globe. UC San Diego grad student Arturo Flores, however, thought the company could do better. So, as part of a project for one of his courses, Flores decided to create a computer vision system capable of...

Steve Ballmer Bemoans iPad Success, Kanye Interrupts Our Twitter

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Perhaps still despondent over the Courier execution, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly acknowledged that Apple has "sold certainly more [iPads] than I'd like them to have sold." [From: Engadget] Kanye West embarked on an extensive Twitter ramble this week (containing awesomely convoluted references to Kool Aid smiles,...

Microsoft's 'Street Slide' Brings Panoramic View to Virtual Maps

Microsoft researchers may be looking for a way to best Google Street View, and, we admit, its Street Slide project comes close. Google and Bing utilize what are known as "bubbles," discrete units of perspective that allow you to virtually explore a 360-degree view for a given chunk of space. But, as most seasoned Street View users know, you must click through each "bubble" to advance your...

Mom Forces Google to Blur Street View Pic of Her Son's Bum, Dooms His Viral Fame

When Claire Rowlands searched Google Street View for her mother's home, she expected to see her mom's garden, car and front fence. One thing she didn't expect was her 3-year-old son's bare butt, but that's exactly what Google's camera-equipped car had captured, in all its glory. Although her son Louis's frontal anatomy was blocked from view, the uncensored image of his heinie was enough to make...

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...

Martha Tweets While Jobs Discusses All Things Apple, Hulu Arriving on Xbox?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple maintains a constant and conspicuous media presence for a seemingly infinite array of reasons. Yesterday at the All Things Digital D8 conference, Steve Jobs addressed an assortment of current topics, and Engadget is supplying video highlights. The Apple chief discusses -- among other things -- the company's fight with Flash,...

Apple Overtakes Microsoft, Foxconn to Thwart Suicides With Nets

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple relished and celebrated its role as an industry outsider for decades, but recent incidents have inspired significant doubts about its anti-corporate, cool-guy attitude. According to Reuters, Apple has now officially overtaken its archenemy Microsoft as the world's leading tech company in terms of market value. Microsoft does...