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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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Google Street View Japan reveals fabulous Cherry Blossom Edition

Google Street View Japan reveals fabulous Cherry Blossom Edition

So you'd like to do one of two things: travel through Japan during the season when the Cherry Blossoms blast, or have a lovely time glancing upon them from afar - Google has you covered either way! With Google's Street View, you're able to see where you're going before you get there - if you use it with Google Maps. If on the other hand you'd like to explore the world through Google's special camera cars, clicking through the streets of residential and rural areas around the globe, you can do that too! A fantastic example of where Google is using Street View to the utmost visual advantage is in their 2012 guide for Japan's Cherry Blossom Season.

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Publicly peeing Frenchman sues Google

Publicly peeing Frenchman sues Google

Sometimes lawsuits are so stupid all you can do is sit back and laugh. I think the suit filed by a Frenchman against Google after the search giant's Street View vehicle caught the man urinating in his front yard certainly falls under the silly category. While the man's face was blurred, he alleges that fellow residents of his village of about 3000 people in the Maine-et-Loire region of France recognized him anyway.

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Seaview is Google Street View for the oceans

Seaview is Google Street View for the oceans

I would imagine we're all familiar with Google Street View. A new service has been announced that uses a small underwater scooter operated by a diver with a camera on the nose that slips through the ocean and photographs 360° images that is an underwater Street View type offering. The service is called the Catlin Seaview Survey, and it is joint venture between the University of Queensland, Google, and insurance firm Catlin Group.

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Google launches Street View of Japanese tsunami devastation

Google launches Street View of Japanese tsunami devastation

Google has launched a new Street View tour that takes you through the Japanese areas that were devastated by the tsunami and earthquakes earlier this year. The tsunami virtually destroyed the areas in March. Google had promised previously to put up Street View images of the devastated areas for people to view.

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Google Maps lets Street View users view some business interiors

Google Maps lets Street View users view some business interiors

Google's Street View section of Google Maps has landed the search giant in hot water on more than one occasion. Not only have some taken offense to what they deem privacy issues with putting the photos online, the Street View fleet was also grabbing unsecured WiFi data in some areas. Google has added a new service to Street View in some areas.

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Google sends Street View trikes down Amazon and Rio Negro rivers

Google sends Street View trikes down Amazon and Rio Negro rivers

Google is set to tackle some of the least populated places on earth with its Street View trikes. Google will be sending the trike down the Rio Negro and Amazon River strapped to a raft. I would hate to be the Google worker tasked with that job. The Amazon River is well known for all sorts of vicious animals like piranha and all sorts of other things.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee

Google’s Eric Schmidt to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee

Google may have thought all of the legal wrangling that had to do with the revelation last year that its Street View vehicles were capturing WiFi data was behind it. As it turns out the issue may just not be heating up in the US with the announcement that executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate in September. Schmidt will be in front of the subcommittee for anti-trust investigations.

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