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The Daily Slash: November 30 2010

The Daily Slash: November 30 2010

What sort of day begins with a possible verification of aliens and ends with fabulous Lamborghini wireless mouse? A day at SlashGear, of course! Philip Berne writes a lovely modern story about his wife's birthday (happy birthday!), Google invites the media to a holiday party, and Samsung mobile display shows off a flexible 3D OLED concept at FPD International. Google gets investigated for squeezing, the Android Marketplace is fully content rated, and Verizon promises a spectacular reveal of their 4G LTE network via invite - secrets in store? Let's hope! All this and MORE right freaking here on none other than The Daily Slash!

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Google to wipe accidental UK Street View data to escape further inquiry

Google to wipe accidental UK Street View data to escape further inquiry

Google has agreed to wipe the WiFi data it captured in the UK while shooting photography for its Street View service, with the UK deputy information commissioner agreeing that in doing so the search giant will escape fines or further inquiry. Although Google admitted to accidentally gathering information from unsecured wireless hotspots, the commissioner said that there was no indication that any of the data "had fallen into the wrong hands."

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Google Street View Inquiry in the US is Over

Google Street View Inquiry in the US is Over

Regulators in the USA have ended their inquiry of the data grab by Google's Street View cars. Today the FCT Federal Trade Commission stated in a letter to Google that it was officially ending its inquiry with no penalties whatsoever. The FTC made sure to note that Google's appointing of a director of privacy for engineering and product management plus training of empoyees on privacy and building a formal privacy review were good, and that they'd have cookies and milk at a tea party thrown just for them.*

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Google Cars Ordered Marked and With Fully Announced Itinerary in Italy

Google Cars Ordered Marked and With Fully Announced Itinerary in Italy

The Privacy Regulator in Italy has informed Google Inc that it'll have to make sure it's "Street View" photography cars are clearly marked and that their itinerary is publicized before driving. Three days in advance, Google cars traveling anywhere in Italy must submit it's driving paths to local newspapers and announce the paths on radio. Included in their plans they must say which locality and in which area of a large city the cars will be driving. This reported by Italian newspaper La Stampa.

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Google Street View Car Cameras Grab Emails and Passwords

Google Street View Car Cameras Grab Emails and Passwords

Those cars that drive around your city with the multi-view cameras on the top aren't there to abduct you, they're there to be your friend and provide you with the service of being able to see any street you like through GoogleMaps in real-life color and up-to-date imagery. That's it, right? It was supposed to be all good, but Google seems to be continuously running into trouble with this service, from capturing streakers and thieves to now perhaps accidentally collecting full emails and passwords.

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Google Street View Captures Dead Body on Brazilian Street

Google Street View Captures Dead Body on Brazilian Street

Yesterday marked the launch of Google Street View in Brazil, and it doesn't look like everything went as well as the company probably would have liked. Not only did the Google Street View vehicle capture a couple of dead bodies on the side of one road, but it's actually the second image to show such a scene in Brazil. While this isn't the first time a dead body has shown up in a Google Street View sweep, that previous time had a happy ending, where the body turned out to be a girl that was simply playing a prank. That doesn't seem to be the case this time around.

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Google to Face Spanish Judge in October Over WiFi Data Collection

Google to Face Spanish Judge in October Over WiFi Data Collection

It's been going on for a few months now. We've seen government agencies, like the FTC, as well as entire governments get involved, and now Google is being summoned by a judge in Spain to sort out this whole fiasco. At least, as it relates to those in Spain. The reason? That data that Google collected from WiFi locations all over the place, is apparently still rubbing folks the wrong way. We saw the results over in South Korea, and now it's Spain's turn to dive in.

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Google’s Seoul Office Raided by Police

Google’s Seoul Office Raided by Police

Whether or not Google is having a good week in the eyes of the media is anyone's guess at this point, but this one will definitely get a check-mark in the "no" category. According to Reuters, the search giant is getting in even more trouble due to their whole "collecting WiFi" debacle. Back in May, the FTC was actually called on to investigate Google, based on the claims that the company was snagging WiFi information while they went around taking photographs for their Street View. And now the allegations are back, but this time in South Korea.

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