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http://www.stuff.co.nz/4083541a28.html

:: A man wandering near the entrance to a strip club.

:: A possible drug transaction in progress.

:: A pedestrian caught in mid-sneeze.

:: A person trying to scale a locked gate in what could be a break-in - or a case of a lost key.

:: A man in the act of picking his nose while walking on the pavement.

:: Two bikni-clad women sunbaking on the lawns of Stanford University.

:: A team of Google employees posing as the van photographs them on a pavement near the Google offices.

The feature is currently only available for parts of San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver, but Google says to "expect many more city rollout announcements" in the near future.

"Our goal is to provide Street View imagery for regions throughout the world, including Australia. But we have no timetable to announce at this time," a spokesman for Google Australia said in a statement.

Although this is not the first time such technology has been made publicly available, it's the widest rollout to date. Previously, amazon.com's A9 service features street views. Microsoft's Virtual Earth service also has some street-level imagery.

Immersive Media, the Canadian company that captures, assembles and licenses many of the images, says it has a database of 100 million images covering some 48,000km of roads.

It recently signed a deal with another company to take its so-called GeoImmersive City Data project to Europe where major metropolitan areas "including downtown cores, key points of interest, major intersections and critical infrastructure" will be photographed using Immersive's patented technology.

The photos currently seen on Street View are a combination of those taken by Immersive's own fleet camera-equipped vehicles and Google's own vans.

Google says the imagery is "gathered by vehicles driving public property streets equipped with imaging technology".

In a statement released by Google, the company said it takes the issue of privacy "very seriously".

"Prior to launching Street View, we reached out to several privacy and public service organisations to discuss the new feature and solicit feedback," the statement said.

Google said it respected "the fact that people may not want imagery they feel is objectionable featured on the service" and to that end it has provided a tool to flag "inappropriate or sensitive imagery for review and removal".

The company lists objectionable imagery as includes "nudity, certain types of locations [for example, domestic violence shelters] and clearly identifiable individuals, if those individuals request takedown".

Google said it had received "very few such reports".

Orwell knew
post #2 of 12
ha, How does google do it? It has been bothering me
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It says they drive around in vehicles equipped with imagery technology. I guess that means they just take pictures out the side of a van and then put them all together to get a view from the ground or something like that.
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Remember kids... Google is watching.
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I trust Google--now if MSN starts this WORRY.
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Guess you wouldn't want to do anything... unusual... in your car/park/yard in those cites
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I trust Google--now if MSN starts this WORRY.
Just because one of the heads of a hydra isn't trying to eat you (but merely distract you) doesn't mean that the other two aren't on their way to a freedom sandwich.
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Actually, I used to trust Google, but now that they have bought DoubleClick ad service and have drastically expanded operations in the past few years I do not. I think even though they seem trustworthy, anyone having that much access to the public's information is bound to cause a problem later on.
Considering now Google can monitor the pages everyone visits and what ads they click- as well as where they are located is becoming increasingly scary.
They are also becoming less and less the programmer/developer's friend. My AdSense account was revoked for 'illegal clicks' when I was doing nothing. I appealed this and they blew me off like I had done something wrong. I think they are looking so closely that they overlook that a webpage ad is displayed to everyone and the developer has little control over its use.
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All from such a humble start!
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The story about the homeless man was probably one of the saddest things i've read in a long time.
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