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Google Street View: Not Just For Directions Anymore

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When you're a desk toy doomed to a stationary existence, you don't get out much -- unless you know how to use the Internet.  Address is Approximate is a short stop motion film that imagines the toy "tak(ing) a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View." You can follow along as the toy goes over the Brooklyn Bridge, through cities, forests, and deserts--ultimately making it to his West Cost destination. Watch it below!

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

Hat tip to Laughing Squid.

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WNYC News

Central Park Gets Ready for its Close-Up

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Visitors to Central Park will soon have new technology at their fingertips to help them get more out of their park visit. The Central Park Conservancy has joined forces with Google to add street level views to the park's existing app.

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On The Media

Blurry in Germany

Friday, August 12, 2011

Since Google began taking pictures for their Google Street View service in Germany in 2008, it has been a controversial topic in the country. So controversial, in fact, that three percent of the population opted to have their homes blurred on the service, and backlash was so vicious that in April, Google abandoned the service in Germany entirely. OTM's Michael Bernstein traveled there last summer to try to understand why it was so universally reviled.

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On The Media

Google's Wi-fi Problem

Friday, August 12, 2011

Google was the subject of an international public relations nightmare when the public learned that the cars Google uses to take pictures for their Google Street View service were also picking up information over unsecured wireless networks as they drove by. Now, a US District Judge has said that Google can be sued for violating the wiretap act. Ars Technica senior editor Nate Anderson talks to Bob about the potential ramifications of this lawsuit.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: As Gas Prices Rise, So Does Public Transit Ridership, and See Google's Street View Trike

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Los Angeles says that higher gas prices are pushing more people onto that city's public transit (KABC-TV). Raleigh is experiencing the same ridership spike (News & Observer).

Meanwhile, LA's City Council approved a bicycle master plan that sets a long-term goal of some 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways and calls for 200 miles of the new bike paths to be added every five years. (AP via Silicon Valley Mercury News)

Georgia may tweak its gas tax so that the rate rises with inflation--and be pegged to the cost of road construction. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Say hello to Google's street view trike, which can boldly go where no car can:

New York's $370 million subway communications network is years late and $76 million over budget. (NY Daily News)

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood wants your questions; he'll supply video answers. (FastLane blog)

D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry has racked up so many parking tickets that his car has been booted. (Washington Post)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Two Florida senators filed a lawsuit to force Governor Rick Scott to accept the feds' high-speed rail money. The Governor was not amused. Metro-North's beleaguered New Haven line will have full service restored -- and gets some new cars to boot.  We take a look at a California court decision on transportation equity. And: where should the seed money to fund an infrastructure bank come from? One person's idea: inducing US multi-nationals to repatriate some of their foreign profits with a tax holiday--and using those funds as seed money.

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