David vs. Googliath
It’s a classic case of improv meets prank meets murder.
A fake axe murder scene staged by two Edinburgh garage workers triggered a real police investigation after Google Street View users reported the “crime,” Geek reports.
The pranksters posed for the scene, which shows one man — axe-in-hand — walking away from another lying Read More
Like something out of a 1950s screwball comedy, yet another Google Street View driver has left carnage in his trail by failing to run after a hit-and-run in Indonesia.
The driver ploughed into two public buses and a truck before finally giving up, Gizmodo reports:
Here’s one way to fight for your privacy against Google: 20 Thai residents recently decided to band together and block a camera-equipped Street View vehicle from rolling through their town.
Vacations are cool but they cost money and require you to get up and move around, plus sometimes your phone doesn’t work and there’s no WiFi where you’re going, so actually who needs ‘em.
There’s Google Street View for mountains and museums, but one thing Google still hasn’t managed to neatly chronicle is the inner workings of your digestive system. The company may not be getting into the medical business any time soon, but a new colonoscopy tool from a Canadian university was actually inspired by Google Street View. Shall we call it… Google Street Poo? (Ugh sorry.)
A report suggests Google is going to unite all its various chat products under the name “Babble.” We sincerely hope this is not part of another effort to make us all use Google+. [Geek.com]
“Sanders and Armstrong share something with the startup world as a whole: the arrogance of naivete. They see what they think is a problem. They think they’re the ones to solve it.” [Melville House]
Wait ’til the mayor sees this: There’s a couple of teens who review cigarettes on YouTube. Gross. [Daily Dot]
You can now climb every mountain with Google Street View. [L.A. Times]
Security researcher Brian Krebs tracked down the hacker who completely wrecked Mat Honan’s digital life. BRB, double-checking my two-factor authentication. [Ars Technica]
When not capturing guns being pointed at it or going on death-defying treks of the Grand Canyon, the Google street view team occasionally snaps things that are slightly sexier. On a foray into a French extreme sports store called Krakatoa, for example, they caught a couple with their pants down–literally.
Andrea Dove, who lives outside Houston, Texas, was using Google Maps to get directions to a relative’s house when she made an interesting discovery on Street View: something that resembles a fading, pinkish UFO straight out of cartoon sci-fi.
KLTV-TV sent a reporter after the story, who went full man-on-the-street in tracking the alien image:
Google announced the latest advancement in its quest for universal map domination today: Meet Street View Trekker. It’s sort of like those Wifi-snarfing Street View cars, except with Trekker, all that photographic equipment fits in a handy backpack, which means the company can start putting the places you go to the escape Read More