TechCrunch: Google launches Street View in India after years of rejection

TechCrunch: Google launches Street View in India after years of rejection. “Google has relaunched Street View, the Google Maps feature that allows users to explore an area through 360-degree panoramic street-level images, in India more than a decade after it first rolled out the service in the South Asian market and roughly six years after the feature was banned in the country over security concerns.”

New York Times: Siberia or Japan? Expert Google Maps Players Can Tell at a Glimpse.

New York Times: Siberia or Japan? Expert Google Maps Players Can Tell at a Glimpse. . “Mr. Rainbolt has become the face of a fast-growing community of geography fanatics who play a game called GeoGuessr. The premise is simple: As you stare at a computer or phone, you’re plopped down somewhere in the world in Google Street View and must guess, as quickly as you can, exactly where you are. You can click to travel down roads and through cities, scanning for distinguishable landmarks or language. The closer you guess, the more points you score.”

The Verge: Google celebrates Army’s anniversary with BTS street view tour

The Verge: Google celebrates Army’s anniversary with BTS street view tour. “July 9th marks the ninth birthday of the BTS Army (specifically, the official announcement of its name). As Twitter celebrates the anniversary, Google has released a new street view experiment through its Arts & Culture platform in collaboration with the band. The BTS x Street Galleries exhibition brings viewers on a virtual tour of the group’s favorite artworks.”

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Google Street View has gone dark for parts of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Google Street View has gone dark for parts of Capitol Hill. “Maybe it is testament to the area’s nightlife bonafides. Maybe it is a momentary glitch in massive scale tech. But for some reason, large stretches of Capitol Hill are being rendered in fuzzy, overexposed nighttime scenes in the Google Street View system. It’s not an April Fools’ Day prank. The murky scenes appeared in December following an update to the neighborhood’s imagery. A Google spokesperson initially responded to our inquiry about the issue weeks ago but we haven’t heard back from her since.”

Sky News: Mafia fugitive arrested after being spotted on Google Street View in Spain

Sky News: Mafia fugitive arrested after being spotted on Google Street View in Spain. “A Sicilian mafia fugitive who was on the run for nearly 20 years was caught after being spotted on Google Street View. Gioacchino Gammino, 61, was tracked down to Galapagar in Spain – a town near Madrid – after a picture showed a man resembling him chatting outside a fruit shop.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Ninth Circuit upholds $13M settlement in Google Street View privacy case

San Francisco Chronicle: Ninth Circuit upholds $13M settlement in Google Street View privacy case. “Google can pay $13 million to privacy-rights groups to settle a suit over its former use of ‘Street View’ vehicles to collect private computer information, including emails and passwords, from homes around the world, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.”

Rest of World: One man’s quest to put Mexico City’s iconic street food vendors onto Google Maps

Rest of World: One man’s quest to put Mexico City’s iconic street food vendors onto Google Maps. “Food stands like [Teresa Dorantes] Hernández’s line the streets of towns and cities across Mexico. In 2018, the government estimated that over 1.6 million people worked in street food establishments, which represent almost 50% of total businesses in the country…. While a small minority are beginning to enter the age of technology — accepting digital payments and even hawking their fares on delivery platforms such as DiDi and Uber Eats — they overwhelmingly operate outside of Google Maps. As our tastes become increasingly dictated by algorithms and user-generated reviews, street carts like Hernández’s are at risk of being left behind.”

Engadget: Tour the White House’s Christmas decorations on Google Street View

Engadget: Tour the White House’s Christmas decorations on Google Street View. “You can now take a tour of the White House’s halls decked with Christmas trees and other decor fit for the season — virtually, that is. Google first added the official residence of the President of the United States to the places you can visit on Street View almost a decade ago. But now, you can take a virtual walk of its premises to see how the place has been decorated.”

No paddles needed: Ottawa River now navigable on Google Street View (CBC)

CBC: No paddles needed: Ottawa River now navigable on Google Street View. “You no longer need a boat and a lifejacket to traverse one stretch of the Ottawa River — just a good internet connection. Thanks to the efforts of The Ottawa Riverkeeper, an organization that advocates for the watershed, and Chelsea, Que., photographer Brian Redmond, a scenic stretch of the river that runs past Parliament Hill can now be navigated on Google Street View.”

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View. “Google has activated the Live View feature in Google Maps at Zurich Airport (ZRH), making it the first airport in the world with this function. Using the camera and directions shown on the camera image, passengers and visitors can navigate to their chosen destination at the airport including finding a gate, check-in desk, or restaurants.”

GameRant: Zelda Fan Creates a Google Maps-esque Website for Breath of Wild

GameRant: Zelda Fan Creates a Google Maps-esque Website for Breath of Wild. “Nassim Software is a software designer and Zelda fan. One idea he had was the idea of creating something akin to Google Maps for Breath of the Wild, where one could get a 360-degree picture of a location when taken to a certain place. This set in motion the project to create a Breath of the Wild street view site.”

IFSEC Global: New research on CCTV camera prevalence in cities uses Google street view

IFSEC Global: New research on CCTV camera prevalence in cities uses Google street view . “Do you know how many CCTV cameras there are there in London, or in other major cities around the world? While there have been attempts to estimate these numbers, systematic surveys of camera density are hard to come by. While some studies have sought to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed in a city, only a few have identified their precise locations. In an innovative study, researchers at Stanford University in California have used Google street view images and computer vision algorithms to count the number and density of cameras in 10 major US cities and six other large cities around the world.”

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks . “The transportation and logistics service wing of South Korea’s Hanjin Group will kick-start a demonstration to build up the database of street images using cameras installed on delivery trucks. Filmed images will be processed for digital map and other information services including virtual reality and augmented reality.”