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Google releases full FCC Street View report

Google releases full FCC Street View report

Google has decided to voluntarily release the results of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) probe into its Street View privacy probe. The governmental organization looked into allegations that the search giant was collecting data from millions of households throughout the country, specifically information about wireless networks. The FCC concluded that what Google did was wrong but not illegal.

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Google Maps now offers 3D Photo Tours

Google Maps now offers 3D Photo Tours

Back in the day, the ability to zoom into satellite pictures of your neighborhood and cities all around the world seemed pretty amazing. Then, Google launched Street View within Google Maps, letting you come face-to-face with buildings and landmarks so you knew exactly what that new apartment building you were checking out looks like, or what kind of building that job interview you got will be in. And now, Google is taking that sense of being able to be anywhere, to the next level.

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Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Way back in the year 2010 Google was accused and essentially found guilty of (perhaps accidentally) using their Google Maps street mapping cars to collect personal information from Wi-fi networks. As they drove through your neighborhood, they collected all the data there was to be had floating around the area - or so that's what the situation seemed to be when Google explained that they were "mortified by what happened" when the news broke. Now the FCC is fining Google saying that they had "deliberately impeded and delayed" an investigation into this situation - this fine totaling $25,000 this month.

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Google Maps traffic footprint expands

Google Maps traffic footprint expands

Google has updated its Maps platform recently with more advanced traffic information, particularly on highways and major roadways. Now, the search giant is expanding that initiative so that if you notice there's a streak of sluggish cars on your planned route, you'll know exactly what side streets are the best alternative. The company wants to help make the world a less frustrating place, one gridlock at a time.

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April Fools in the Tech World 2012 Round-up

April Fools in the Tech World 2012 Round-up

This year's April Fools 2012 Round-up contains some of the strangest notions yet, and as everyone knows at this time of year - some the the most promising concepts for our odd, odd future! Starting with of course Google's collection of such jokes - they've been on point with some of the most in-depth April 1st tricks for several years now, and we wouldn't want to deprive you of a single one of them. They start with an 8-Bit Google Maps - what else, of course! There's also Virgin Volcanic, Apple's patent of the rectangle, and Toshiba's announcement of several "Shapes" tablets which you can see in a lovely TV commercial below.

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Google Maps goes 8-bit for April Fool’s

Google Maps goes 8-bit for April Fool’s

If you've ever wondered what your neighborhood would look like in an old-school Zelda-style RPG, your imagination is about to be realized with the latest update to Google Maps. Of course, technologically speaking, the update is more of a step backward. But for those who love all things old-school, it may be one of the coolest things that the search giant has done when it comes to Google doing things just to gain attention.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

Google Maps 6.5 gets HD display support

For those of you with Google Maps on your Android device (every single one of you with an Android device), you're about to get an update to that app, and it's a big one! The actual file size of the app is not what's big, its the features you're going to get now with this update for the most advanced devices on the market. In addition to High Definition support for devices like the Galaxy Nexus, this app also has preferred public transit mode and route options and a new look for Android 4.0+ devices.

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Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Google Maps may be the dominant player in the mapping business still, but there's a rising star in an open-source competitor called OpenStreetMap that's been heavily backed by Microsoft. Due to the high fees of using Google Maps, some major services, including FourSquare and Apple's iPhoto app, have already defected to using OpenStreetMap instead.

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