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Google Street View pays tribute to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy

Google Street View pays tribute to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy

Google has added a handful of new Street View imagery to Google Maps today. The update focuses on New York City, including Central Park, the new 9/11 Memorial, and neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy. A lot has changed since Google last added a big update to New York, but these additions should bring most of the imagery back up to date.

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Google Maps Street View visits the Galapagos Islands

Google Maps Street View visits the Galapagos Islands

After visiting the Grand Canyon and capturing imagery using nifty Street View camera backpacks, Google is taking a trip to the Galapagos Islands to capture the scenery and wildlife, and is partnering up with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD) in order to make it happen.

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Google Street View spreads to 50 countries

Google Street View spreads to 50 countries

It seems like only yesterday when Google Street View was only available in a small number of areas around the world, but now Google has announced that Street View has creeped its way into 50 countries, and the Street View cars have covered over 5 million miles of roadway -- that's a lot of fuel.

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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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Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

Google Street View shows abandoned post-earthquake Fukushima city

A couple years have passed since the earthquake that devestated Japan and set off a nuclear emergency, resulting in the abandonment of Namie-machi, which is located near the coastline in Fukushima prefecture. The former residents of Namie-machi are still unable to return, but can now take a virtual walk around the place they called home thanks to Google Street View.

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Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Today Google has released a series of explorations they did in Nepal, showing off some of the highest peaks on the planet and traveling through streets and buildings you and I might never have otherwise have seen. With the fabulous system known as Google Maps Street View, the photo spheres the group took are able to be viewed by you from your desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet at any time! This awesome trek began at Everest Base Camp where the crew rolled out over 70 miles through the mountains and through the towns - through lovely days and real powerful color splashes alike.

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Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

If you've heard about Google's latest fine at the hands of privacy seekers across the USA, you know good and well that their Street View cars are roaming around your neighborhood with their sensors on. But what are we doing to prepare for these traveling information collectors? Apparently not a whole lot, as part of the penalty being leveraged against Google is a requirement that they inform the public how to turn on the security on their own personal wifi hubs.

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Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google has finalized a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over its Street View privacy debacle. The entire issue began because of a "rogue" engineer who activated the wireless collection system on Google's Street View cars. The system tapped into various, unecrypted WiFi networks and obtained very private information from users, including their passwords, emails, website visits, and more.

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Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

For most people, their worst fear is having their private information, like their search history or e-mails, leaked out to the public. While their information wasn't leaked publicly, many people found that their greatest fear almost became a reality when Google Street View cars accidentally came into possession of their passwords, adult-rated web site visits, and e-mails by activating their wireless collection system.

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Google Maps goes inside NFL stadium for first time

Google Maps goes inside NFL stadium for first time

The NFL season may be over, with the Baltimore Ravens being the Super Bowl champions for this year (correctly predicted by EA's Madden NFL game), but Google is giving users even more football action, by taking us inside NFL stadiums for the first time, starting with Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana -- home of the 2006 Super Bowl champions, the Indianapolis Colts.

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Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Google Maps Street View ads panoramic imagery from Grand Canyon

Back in October, we reported that the Google Maps Street View team took to the Grand Canyon to capture imagery from the beautiful landmark with their new Trekker camera backpacks. Today, Google has released the Street View imagery in all of its panoramic glory. Over 9,500 images of Grand Canyon were taken by the Google Maps team.

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Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

A Street View image in Botswana shows a donkey lying on its side on a dirt road over tire tracks, which prompted rumors that one of Google's Street View vehicles ran over the animal. As one backs away from the animal in Google Maps, it can be seen in various states of distress in each frame. Google has responded to the claims, saying that it has reviewed the footage and that the animal was not harmed.

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