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Google will now let you watch polar bears in the wild

Google on Thursday added polar bears to the natural splendor people can glimpse from the comfort of their homes at the Internet giant’s free online mapping service. Members of the Google Maps team joined forces with non-profit group Polar Bears International to venture into tundra in a remote part of…

Google Maps will speed up efforts to replace satellite image depicting slain teen’s body

Google will fast-track its efforts to replace a satellite image from its map service that shows the body of a slain California teenager. The Google Maps image shows police standing near the body of 14-yeart-old Kevin Barerra, who was found shot to death in 2009 along some railroad tracks in…

Japan ‘takes issue with Google maps’ over disputed islands

Japan has asked local authorities and state-run universities not to post Google maps on their websites because some of them use non-Japanese names for disputed islands, reports said Sunday. The disputed territory includes the South Korean-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo…

Google Maps adds panoramic images of the Grand Canyon

Google Maps opened a virtual path to the wonders of the Grand Canyon on Thursday by adding panoramic images gathered by hikers with Android-powered camera systems strapped to their backs. “These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles (120 kilometers) of trails and surrounding roads,” Google Maps product manager…

FCC ends probe of alleged Google Street View privacy violations

SAN FRANCISCO — US government telecom regulators have ended an investigation into Google’s “Street View” online mapping service gathering data from private wireless hotspots. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau on Friday called for Google to pay a $25,000 penalty for stalling the probe but said that it could…

Peeing Frenchman sues Google for making him ‘laughing stock’

A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the firm’s Street View service put on the Internet a picture of him urinating in his garden, his lawyer said Thursday. “He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an…

Google defends privacy plan to U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Google, facing pressure from US lawmakers over a new privacy policy, said Tuesday it remains committed to protecting consumer data as it creates a “seamless and easy” Web experience. The Internet giant sent a letter to lawmakers and posted comments on its public policy blog defending the changes…

Google Maps taking viewers inside shops

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s free online map service is letting shops, gyms, restaurants and other small businesses provide viewers glimpses of what lies behind facades seen on Street View. A test program launched in April of last year was bearing fruit in a growing array of panoramic images taken inside…

Google Maps blamed for ‘invasion’ of Costa Rica

NEW YORK — Costa Rica on Saturday stepped up pressure on international mediators to engage in its territory dispute with Nicaragua, after Google Maps was cited in an incident that saw the neighboring countries dispatch forces to their joint border. The Internet search giant joined the fray after a Nicaraguan…

Google Maps directions lead injured walker to court

A woman hit by a car while walking on a route provided by Google’s online mapping service is suing the Internet colossus for not recommending a safer path. Lauren Rosenberg of Los Angeles is asking a US District Court to order the California-based firm to pay her “in excess of”…

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