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Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reopened its Street View privacy investigation following the FCC’s findings in the United States. In a letter penned to Google, the ICO believes it was misled, with Google stating at the time that it wasn’t a deliberate data collection attempt and that no engineers had knowledge of the issue. Google has now responded to questions laid out by the ICO in the latest letter.

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Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has reopened its investigation into the Street View data collection that occurred between 2007 and 2010. In a letter to the search company, the watchdog company lays out how the case needs to be reopened following the FCC’s findings. Google told the watchdog in the past that it had no knowledge of the data snooping taking place, with the FCC finding evidence suggesting the opposite.

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Google Maps goes Offline

Google Maps goes Offline

This week the Google crew have released The Next Generation in Google Maps in a completely Offline experience. You'll soon be able to download an entire map of a city to your mobile device and continue to navigate regardless of if you are connected to your data network or not. Though Google Maps has always cashed a certain amount of information on your device online before you go offline, this version of the software helps Google build the global baseline for maps by allowing you to take their information wherever you go - even without your network.

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Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world

Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world

This week Google launched a new project called the World Wonders Project. The goal of the project is to let people explore ancient and cultural sites around the world up close. It sounds sort of like Street view for history and archaeology buffs. The World Wonders Project currently has 132 ancient and cultural sites located in 18 different countries for people to view.

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Google Street View case may see further action in UK

Google Street View case may see further action in UK

The Street View saga continues tor Google. Following the FCC investigation in which the search company was fined $25,000, a UK watchdog has said that it intends to look further into the issue. Google agreed to audits by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and the agency has now said that it intends to further look into the case following the FCC’s report last month.

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Google Street View cases may be reopened in Europe

Google Street View cases may be reopened in Europe

Google may have avoided any messy legal trouble with the FCC in the United States over the Street View case, but Europe isn’t quite done with the search company just yet. The New York Times reports that privacy groups in the UK, France, and Germany may reopen their investigations into the Street View case after it was revealed that the engineer behind the project knew exactly what the capabilities were.

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Street View engineer warned Google in 2007

Street View engineer warned Google in 2007

In the case of FCC vs Google Street View that's been going on for some weeks, months, and even years now, a "lone engineer" has been identified and called out on his role in the so-called scandal. This fellow is being called "Engineer Doe" by the FCC but has been discovered this week as being a software engineer by the name of Marius Milner by the New York Times. The importance of this man's name is a whole lot less important than his activities before the event at hand, including two separate instances where he warned Google about the capabilities and actions of his own "Wardriving" software working with Google's Street View cars.

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Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google received a slap on the wrist for the Street View fiasco where sensitive information was gleaned from open access WiFi points. Two weeks ago, Google was fined a mere $25,000 over the issue, saying that it acted in good faith and was more than happy to pay the penalty. The FCC appears to be fully satisfied, and has today declared the case against Google officially closed.

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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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Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

If you've ever signed up for a forum account or newsletter on the Internet, you have probably run across the ReCAPTCHA system that has you enter characters you see in an image on the screen to prove you're a real person and not a spammer robot. For some reason, I always have a hard time making out letters in most of the ReCAPTCHA images.

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