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Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google Street View Trekker wearable camera stars in loan program

Google has launched a loan program for its back-mounted Google Maps Trekker camera, the 360-degree Street View mapping tool it has used to photograph the world's highest tower and the Galapagos Islands. The new Trekker program will see third-party organizations apply to take the Trekker out into the wild, gathering up panoramic photography of normally little-seen environments that can then be added into Google Maps.

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Google Street View hits Dubai with trip up 2,717ft Burj Khalifa

Google Street View hits Dubai with trip up 2,717ft Burj Khalifa

Google has taken Street View to new heights, sending its cameras to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest man-made structure - to snap its first ever skyscraper photography. The new images, which mark the latest of Google's diversions to interesting, difficult-to-reach, or generally off-limits locations, include shots taken from the 124th floor, at the observation deck, as well as from the 80th floor.

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Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Germany privacy regulators have fined Google €145,000 ($189,000) for its Street View cars inadvertently harvesting WiFi network data, in what was described as "one of the biggest data protection rules violations known." The penalty is nearly the biggest amount permitted for negligent data rule contravention in Germany, and comfortably exceeds a €100,000 fine imposed in France two years ago. However, if regulators had their way [pdf link], Germany's Data Protection and Freedom of Information commission says, Google would be fined far more.

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