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Google Doubles Street View Images

Sure, it’s nice to see an aunt, uncle or cousin’s house that you’ve never been to, or even check out street angles of some famous places, but then there’s the complaints about privacy from people who don’t like that their house is on the Internet, the flashers that feel the need to expose themselves to Google’s goggles or the dude who got snapped falling of his bike (poker faces, everyone).

The Google team today blogs that the company has doubled the amount of Street View images as well as adding more cities. More lawsuits? Surprisingly, probably not. Google recently developed technology that blurs identifiable faces and license plates and has a"Report a concern" at the bottom of the image if people are unhappy with what they’re seeing. So doubling the images can’t really be bad.

“Today marks our biggest launch of Street View imagery to date: we’re doubling our coverage in the United States. Several states — Maine, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Dakota — will be getting the Street View treatment for the first time. We’ve also added imagery for Memphis, Charleston (SC), and Birmingham, and we’ve filled in lots of gaps across the country.”

U.S. imagery aside, Google says that during the summer, the company photographed France, Spain, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Italy so now you can see some more pretty cool landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum, a neat addition to street view.

  • who really cares? honestly if your that concerned about privacy go live in a bubble in the middle of nowhere
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  • dieseldre2k
    u obviously dont get it...first this, then the internet, then who knows. where does it stop? its the principle of the matter. u allow this and then soemthing else will follow. over time (maybe hundreds of years even), ur rights will shrink and say goodbye to any form of privacy. ur just spoiled right now and fail to look at the bigger picture. go live in China and i dare u to tell me otherwise.
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  • nekatreven
    dieseldre2ku obviously dont get it...first this, then the internet, then who knows. where does it stop? its the principle of the matter. u allow this and then soemthing else will follow. over time (maybe hundreds of years even), ur rights will shrink and say goodbye to any form of privacy. ur just spoiled right now and fail to look at the bigger picture. go live in China and i dare u to tell me otherwise.
    by suggesting that these things will happen in the future, and then saying "look at china"...did you realize you suggested that china may be 'ahead' of us in privacy and such?

    ...hundreds of years even?! ...:)
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  • enforcer22
    dieseldre2ku obviously dont get it...first this, then the internet, then who knows. where does it stop? its the principle of the matter. u allow this and then soemthing else will follow. over time (maybe hundreds of years even), ur rights will shrink and say goodbye to any form of privacy. ur just spoiled right now and fail to look at the bigger picture. go live in China and i dare u to tell me otherwise.
    your a idiot. People have been taking pictures on the streets for years. the only reason anyone even talks about it other then its a nice feture google came up with is because some morons flash the cam then decided to get mad because they are morons.

    To second the question who with a valid point really cares anyways.so they added more color pics of streets. Nice idea but i dont really care.
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  • ADM-86
    dieseldre2ku obviously dont get it...first this, then the internet, then who knows. where does it stop? its the principle of the matter. u allow this and then soemthing else will follow. over time (maybe hundreds of years even), ur rights will shrink and say goodbye to any form of privacy. ur just spoiled right now and fail to look at the bigger picture. go live in China and i dare u to tell me otherwise.

    You really should stop watching the news and go get an idea on how really china is.....most of the media always shows stereotypes that don't really apply in real life.

    and about privacy...well thats technology, its comes with a price.
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  • Pei-chen
    More pictures is nice and all but I wish they could take higher resolution pictures. Current ones are only camera phone quality.
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  • lamorpa
    'u' is not a word. 'your' when you mean "you're" is incorrect and a junior high school mistake. 'dont' is not a word. Sentences start with a capital. 'of' when you mean 'off' is incorrect. Commas are used to separate sentence clauses. If you don't have a backspace key on your keyboard, or are unable to proof read your submission, why not just skip it.
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  • zodiacfml
    i think there is a big difference between privacy and control.

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  • Pei-chen
    lamorpa'u' is not a word. 'your' when you mean "you're" is incorrect and a junior high school mistake. 'dont' is not a word. Sentences start with a capital. 'of' when you mean 'off' is incorrect. Commas are used to separate sentence clauses. If you don't have a backspace key on your keyboard, or are unable to proof read your submission, why not just skip it.Hey, don't blame Jane, she had to compose and submit this article on her blackberry during whatever short break she has working at the New York Times. It is not like Tom's is a paying job or anything.
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  • jwl3
    Pardon me but it appears that if you've filed a tax return, applied for a credit card, or God-forbid a mortgage, "They've" got your info already.

    These ACLU privacy-freaks are probably the same dopes that have the daily breakdown of their stool listed on Facebook and Youtube.
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