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Residents Snap Over Google's Candid Camera

Posted by andreaitis on April 3, 2009

The headline caught my eye:  “Gang of villagers chase away Google car.”   Paints quite a picture, huh?  But these villagers were from an affluent area north of London.  They were not simply aghast at a tacky Google car marring their pristine corner of paradise. They were concerned about invasion of privacy and safety, about creating a detailed treasure map for would-be burglars.

Of course, there’s a difference between what’s legally right and what’s morally right.  Assuming Google was on public property, where do we draw the privacy lines?

Google Earth

Google’s ambitious plan to offer a 3-D street level view of communities across three continents hit a snag when angry residents of a UK village blocked the search engine’s camera car from photographing their homes.

“I was upstairs when I spotted the camera car driving down the lane,” resident Paul Jacobs told The Times of London.

“My immediate reaction was anger: How dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent? I ran outside to flag the car down and told the driver he was not only invading our privacy but also facilitating crime.

Gang of villagers chase away Google car – CNN.com

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Google Goes Back to the Future

Posted by andreaitis on February 14, 2009

Perhaps they’ll also show views of the world BG and AG — Before and After Google.

Google Earth Goes Into the Past, Underwater–And Deep Into Your Computer’s System

Google Earth Goes Into the Past, Underwater–And Deep Into Your Computer’s System – Faster Forward.

Earlier this month, Google released a beta-test release of the newest version of Google Earth. Google Earth 5.0, a free download for Windows 2000, XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, and most versions of Linux, adds some fascinating new perspectives on this planet–and one other–but I’m not going to rush to install it.

Unlike earlier releases, this treasure chest of 3-D cartography doesn’t just show what’s on the ground today. It includes a collection of overhead views from earlier years and lets you view the majority of the Earth’s surface covered by its oceans.

The historical imagery is likely to be the biggest time-suck. To see what a place looked like before, click the clock icon in Google Earth’s toolbar, then move a slider back to earlier years. For example, you can see that in 1949, there was only one 14th Street Bridge going over the Potomac (although a second span was under construction). The Las Vegas of 1950, meanwhile, is a barren, lifeless desert.

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