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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

Google is scrubbing out the homes of Blighty's rich and famous from its nosey Street View site. It has been reported that the likes of former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Beatle Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin axeman Jimmy Page have had their houses blurred on the mapping service. Popstar Lily Allen and former RBS …
Team Register, 07 Jul 2014
Another still of mechanics Dan Thompson and Gary Ker caught on Street View

'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

Edinburgh cops investigating an apparent murder caught on Google Street View were delighted to discover it was a hoax perpetrated by a couple of mechanics. A concerned citizen alerted the boys in blue that images snapped by Google's all-seeing eye in the city's Giles Street showed a man beating down another with a pick axe …
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014
Street View spymobile captures Street View spymobile on Street View

Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

Google has paid up on a million euro fine ($1.4m) from Italy's data protection regulator imposed because its Street View cars weren't recognisable enough to the people they were taking photos of. "The disputed facts date back to 2010 when the giant of Mountain View's cars roamed the streets without being perfectly recognisable …
Street View vehicle in Tramore, County Waterford

Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google's appeal

Google isn't quite done dealing with the fallout of its Street View cars' Wi-Fi snooping scandal. The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the web giant's appeal to dismiss a class-action suit against it. Google will now have to face suit from 18 plaintiffs – Google v Joffe et al – who accuse the ads goliath of illegal …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2014
The Street View spycar spied in Inverness

Google adds a sense of history to Street View with archive footage

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by. "If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now’s your chance," wrote Vinay Shet, Google Street View …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2014
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Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

Google is taking the battle over its Street View data collection to the US Supreme Court, seeking a final decision on the legality of its Wi-Fi snooping activity. The company has filed a petition (obtained by Wired) asking the Supremes to hear its appeal of a decision by the US Ninth Circuit court of appeals. The case dates …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014
Mount Everest

Google turns Street View into Mountain View

Google has taken its Street View service to new heights after deciding to ditch the infamous car in favour of a simple tripod and camera as it unveiled new shots of some of the world’s tallest mountains. The Chocolate Factory’s obsessive bid to map every corner of the planet has now taken it up Mount Everest – or at least base …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2013
The interior of the TARDIS as imagined by Google Street View

Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

Dr Who fans the world over know that one of the few surviving Police Boxes on which the TARDIS is modelled can be found outside the entrance to Earl's Court tube station. Google seems to know this too and has created a lovely Easter Egg for Doctor Who fans on its Street View mapping service. The fun starts if you visit this …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

A US appeals court has rejected Google's efforts to dismiss a lawsuit over the data it grabbed from Wi-Fi networks while collecting snapshots for use in its Street View program. The Chocolate Factory is being sued by a number of plaintiffs who want to hold it accountable under the Wiretap Act for the data it intercepted from …
Indonesia's spiffing No Spam logo

Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

Google is attempting to stamp out fake views on its video-sharing website YouTube - which is reportedly about to get a new boss in the shape of the company's ad honcho Susan Wojcicki. The ad giant claimed that YouTube was "a place for meaningful human interaction" and as such shouldn't be tainted by spam. Google said in a blog …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014
Submarine HMS Ocelot's control room

Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

Retired British submarine HMS Ocelot has become the first submersible to be fully featured on Google's Street View. The decommissioned British sub can now be toured using Google Maps, although The Register has learned the Chocolate Factory did not manage to squeeze the infamous Street View car into the boat. Instead, it called …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Nov 2013

Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

A Google Street View car managed to crash into three other vehicles whilst out snapping pictures on the streets of Jakarta last weekend. The Google logo-emblazoned Subaru hatchback was driving through the outskirts of Indonesia's capital when it hit one of the city’s ubiquitous public minibuses, according to AFP. After …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Sep 2013
Google's Mountain View Headquarters

Speaking in Tech: Google bus BLOCKADE - is ANYONE home in Mountain View?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the whole gang is together and laments the lighter side of tech. They chat about anti-gentrification activists in San Francisco who blocked a Google bus taking employees to work in its Mountain View HQ on …
Team Register, 11 Dec 2013
IE8 patch

New dashboard gives eagle's-eye view of Microsoft's security flaws

Microsoft has launched a new dashboard service designed to make it easier for systems admins to view the latest security bulletins for a range of Microsoft software. The idea behind the service, called myBulletins, is to allow admins to subscribe to security bulletins for only those products that are in use in their environments …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014
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Canuck rumps resist Street View arsebusters

Google's Street View has been around long enough to become part of the internet scenery, although it continues to offer interesting scenery for those with a sharp eye. The Great Satan of Mountain View addressed early privacy concerns with its face-blurring algorithm, while the company's dedicated censorship SWAT teams were on …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013
The Large Hadron Collider on Google StreetView

Google adds Large Hadron Collider tunnel to Street View

Google has dragged is Street View imaging kit to Switzerland, then lugged it beneath the earth to capture images of the tunnel containing CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Sadly the images don't quite let you be the atom, instead offering the chance to trundle through the LHC's long and monotonous tunnel. CERN's head of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Oct 2013

Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

Facebook has apparently watched video views explode since the free content ad network decided to set them to play automatically on its News Feed. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company said on Sunday that an average of more than 1 billion vids had been watched every day since June this year. However, there's a potential side-effect to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Sep 2014
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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

Google has released Street View images of the unfortunate town of Namie-machi, Japan, which was devastated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami it caused, then rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima Daichi nuclear cockup. "Two years have passed since the disaster," the town's mayor Tamotsu Baba writes on the …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2013
Street View Japan deserted nuclear town

Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

Google’s Street View project took an unusual left turn this week after one of it's familiar camera mounted cars took to the streets of Namie – a town in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture deserted nearly two years ago after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. A Google spokesperson confirmed to The Reg that the unusual project …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2013

Zoom out for a view of malware, say boffins

One of the reasons malware gets past corporate defences is that a single HTTP request can look perfectly innocent. However, according to research to be presented at a security conference next week, those requests reveal themselves if the defender takes a “big picture” view. According to research to be presented at the Internet …
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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

A Russian woman has ditched her boyfriend of five years after spotting him with another squeeze on the local equivalent of Street View. Marina Voinova, 24, said she was searching Yandex Maps for an address in Perm when she got an eyeful of her other half, named only as "Sasha", on an incriminating stroll (click for a bigger …
Lester Haines, 22 Feb 2013
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode poster

Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

The BBC has released two trailers for its 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor" and announced that it will hit screens at 7.50pm on 23 November. Youtube Video The trailers premiered over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday and are now available on the BBC's Doctor Who website. Very little plot detail …
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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

A brief vid has popped up on YouTube purportedly showing a pranged Street View spymobile in northern India. A still showing the crashed Street View car in a rocky gorge The 22-second clip also features someone venting his spleen at the Great Satan of Mountain View by lobbing rocks at the wrecked Orwellian black Opel, as you …
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2012
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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

Google has escaped a fine from the UK Information Commissioner's Office, after the watchdog concluded its investigation into the company's controversial Street View cars that slurped payload data from unencrypted wireless networks. The ICO has ordered Google to destroy all Wi-Fi payload data that its vehicles collected. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2013
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Google Street View comes to Israel

Google has launched its Street View product in Israel, after what the Jerusalem Post describes as “meetings with Israeli security officials” that ensured “Street View only shows public areas.” Google itself is focussing on the virtual tourism potential of the service's Israeli incarnation, announcing it in a post titled …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

German watchdog whacks Google with PIDDLING FINE over Street View slurp

Google has been fined just €145,000 for the unauthorised, "negligent" slurp of payload data its fleet of Street View cars captured from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in Hamburg, Germany. Regulatory offence proceedings were undertaken by the Hamburg data watchdog in November last year leading to a penalty being imposed on the ad …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2013
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Google ordered to destroy Oz Street View data

The Australian Privacy Commission has followed the lead of its global counterparts demanding that Google Australia immediately destroys payload data which was siphoned by the SteetView wi-fi data sucking car squads. In a letter sent to Google’s Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs Iarla Flynn, Privacy Commissioner …
A still showing the crashed Street View car in a rocky gorge

Google finds MORE slurped Street View data down under

The Australian wing of Google has found yet more disks containing slurped payload data - including emails and passwords - its Street View spycars gobbled from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks across the globe. The advertising giant wrote to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on Monday confessing that it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Oct 2012
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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

Twitter fanatics and texting-obsessed supporters of Team GB may have hampered the GPS units of competitors taking part in the Men’s Olympic Cycling Road Race on Saturday, but no bother as Google has added a pretty picture of the London 2012 village to its Maps service. The search and ad giant updated its high resolution aerial …
Team Register, 30 Jul 2012
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Black helicopters circle Street View car crash

Google has told El Reg that the video allegedly showing a crashed Street View spymobile in northern India is a hoax. A still showing the crashed Street View car in a rocky gorge As we reported yesterday, the 22-second vid shows what appears to be a pranged Great Satan of Mountain View black Opel, with someone rather unkindly …
Lester Haines, 07 Aug 2012
Cloud Storage arrays

Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?

Even as the number of backup software and appliance vendors grows, cloud backups continue to be a source of confusion and contention. Like so many things in IT, the answer to "should you use a public cloud backup?” is the ever-annoying "it depends”. For some cloudy backup is an absolute no go. For others, there is clearly a …
Trevor Pott, 20 Jun 2014
A US Army M1A1 Abrams tank heads out on a mission from Forward Operating Base MacKenzie in Iraq on October 27, 2004

Fusion-io takes DIMM view of flash cards ... Diablo goes for broke

Fusion-io's chief operating officer Lance Smith is going around lancing the boil that is the flash DIMM – flash memory interfaced to a server's memory bus instead of its slower PCIe interface – but he's facing a challenge from Diablo Technologies. Flash DIMM technology is provided by Diablo Technology to SanDisk, which has used …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
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Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

Google has released its biggest-ever update to Street View, adding 250,000 miles of updated photography and double the number of image collections from notable spots around the world. "We're increasing Street View coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the US, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada," …
Iain Thomson, 11 Oct 2012
View21 Smart HD Digital TV Recorder

View 21 readies content-flinging Freeview DVR

Harvard International, the company behind the iLuv and Goodmans gadget brands, revealed its latest venture this week: View 21, which will launch a Freeview DVR with on-board IPTV apps and mobile integration next month. The View 21 Smart HD DVR attempts to tie all telly activities together in a user-friendly package and it's …
Caleb Cox, 20 Jul 2012
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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

Google has quietly removed mandatory signups to its unloved "network thingy" Google+, which new Gmail users had been automatically shoved into when creating accounts on the ad giant's web-based email service. The Chocolate Factory was criticised by former employee and Digg founder Kevin Rose in January this year for linking …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Google fined for stalling Street View cars' Wi-Fi slurp probe

Google has been fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for impeding its investigation of the search giant's Street View cars, which inadvertently collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. The company first admitted in October 2010 that its street-mapping vehicles …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2012
The TARDIS on Earl's Court Road

Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE

Of all the places and eras Doctor Who could visit, it seems he's decided to land in modern day Earls Court, London. At least, that's where you can find an interactive TARDIS in Google Maps, which has been beefed up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beeb's favourite Time Lord. A company called C Inside Media opened up a …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Nov 2013
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NBN study: the analyst view

Pledges have reached almost $7,000 for The Register's crowd-funded NBN study, so we thought it's a good idea to let analysts explain how they'd approach the project. Today, IBRS analyst Guy Cranswick provides insights into his view of how to conduct the study. Of all the vexed issues surrounding the NBN debate, an assessment of …
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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

A Frenchman is suing Google over a Street View photo that shows him peeing in his garden, which has made him the laughing stock of his village. As with most people in Street View pics, the man is slightly blurred, but because he comes from such a small place and he was at his own house, everyone recognised him. "He discovered …
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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

Google has claimed to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that protecting the identity of the engineer responsible for the Street View data slurp had no consequence on the watchdog's investigation. The probe ended with the FCC fining Google $25,000 for impeding its inquiry into the company's fleet of photo-snapping …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012

Brit balloon bod Bodnar overflies North Pole

Hats must be tipped today in tribute to Brit balloon bod Leo Bodnar, whose ultralight B-64 payload is about to complete its second circumnavigation of the planet. The 11g B-64 rig – comprising radio transmitter, LiPo battery and a couple of solar panels slung under a transparent film envelope (pics here) – launched on 12 July …
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2014
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Google: Oops, we've STILL got Street View's slurped Wi-Fi data

Google has apologised after discovering it still has some payload data slurped from unsecured Wi-Fi networks via its controversial Street View spycars. It had earlier vowed to delete this sensitive information after worldwide outcry against the wireless packet hoarding. However, the ad giant's global privacy counsel Peter …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jul 2012
EVO: RAIL

What the Dell? Big Mike and co join Nexenta for EVO: RAIL file access

Dell is using Nexenta's software to bring file access to VMware's EVO: RAIL virtual SAN. It is shipping NexentaConnect and NexentaStor software with its EVO: RAIL kit, its pre-configured, fully integrated, hyper-converged appliance. NexentaStor is Nexenta's ZFS-based storage software which runs on certified server/storage …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014
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UK regulator re-opens probe into Google Street View slurp outrage

The Information Commissioner's Office has reopened its investigation of Google's controversial Street View technology, after its data-collecting cars collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. The regulator's head of enforcement Steve Eckersley has sent an aggressive letter to senior …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2012

Big Blue seeks romantic partners with a view to money, maybe more

IBM has turned dating agent to pair together lonely MSPs and ISVs that want to jump into bed together on specific projects, and from October, Big Blue will try to lure in punters to ogle the services. The Solution Store is already up and running for channel partners - some solution providers resellers with a burgeoning MSP biz …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013
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Thousands of Australians and satellite view spectacular total eclipse

As Aussies enjoyed a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun lastnight, the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite orbiting out in space also got an eyeful as it passed in and out of the moon's shadow zone. Proba-2, a Sun-watching sat, orbits the Earth around 14.5 times a day. It dipped in and out of the Moon's shadow during …
The Register breaking news

Bangalore orders Street View spy cars to stop it

Bangalore police have asked Google to ground their fleet of Street View cars which had started taking pictures of the city. The search giant received a letter from police even though it claims to have contacted local authorities before setting the fleet in motion. A Google spokesdroid told the Times of India: "We can confirm …
John Oates, 21 Jun 2011
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Google to ICO: We had no idea Street View data slurp was happening

Google has denied that it tried to cover up certain aspects of its Street View data slurp as the UK Information Commissioner's Office reopens its investigation into the incident. The ICO recently cracked open its cold case files on the Street View cars' sniffing of data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This was a result of the US …
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Hey, scammers. Google's FINE with your dodgy look-a-like apps

Attackers can easily craft third party scripts to imitate Google to trick users into granting authorisation to their email accounts, says infosec chap Andrew Cantino. The Mavenlink engineer said Mountain View did not make it sufficiently clear when users were approving third party access to their data, thus making social …
Darren Pauli, 15 Sep 2014
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Google Street View Wi-Fi data slurper named

The 'Engineer Doe', who designed Google's Street View Wi-Fi software to collect personal data, has been named by an American newspaper. The engineer is reportedly Marius Milner, developer of the popular NetStumbler wardriving programme for Windows. Milner describes his occupation as a "hacker" on his LinkedIn page. Google …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 May 2012