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Smile for the camera!  (Source: Google)
Google Street View can sometimes pick up on some less than savory moments.

Google Street View is a nifty little tool that can be used with the Google Maps program. I'm sure that many of you have Googled your home or some of your hangouts to see if you could find your car or simply just "cruise" through town at street level.

I personally used the feature to zoom in on my house at street level to see my car parked in my driveway as the Google Street View vehicle whizzed by unannounced.

On other occasions, I've seen people post their Street View finds online. Just last month, I ran across an accident in Phoenix, Arizona caught by a Street View vehicle. The vehicle captures a Range Rover upside down after it crashed into an Audi Q7. Panning around the scene, you can see bystanders looking on in amazement.

Today, however, when visiting my favorite place for car-related topics, The Car Lounge, I came across a rather interesting Google Street View find. The Google Street View vehicle appears to capture a drug deal going down in one of Chicago's rather seedy neighborhoods.

The apparent "deal" doesn't appear to faze any of the bystanders in the scene as they are going about their business.

But it just goes to show that Google's reach is extending into just about every facet of American life... even if it's not in a way that the company would prefer.

For the rest of you out there, post your interesting Street View finds from around the U.S. Don't be shy, I'm sure that the DailyTech readership can find some interesting scenes of your own.



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RE: Big Brother
By JAB on 3/26/2008 10:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
No that would be putting one on each street corner and using face recognition or collecting everyones personal info into a national database and tracking your movements---- kind of like the Real ID program.

The fatherland must be protected, the constitution will be suspended until the emergency is over. The FBI doesn't even pretend to follow the 4th amendment. Look at the phone/internet tapping mess. Your information belongs to us!

How about the government posting fake hyperlinks and any IP that opens it can get arrested even if you get Rick Rolled - or your computer opens it automatically to speed browsing. No evidence needed.

The FBI could be the one that links to it in a email. Click on the "joke" or have it automatically scanned.... Enjoy your life time probation.

It would be nice if Google allowed you to use encrypted pages to well google the net. There are just too many government agents who thinks it is their job to watch the people instead of watch oven them.


RE: Big Brother
By petalsofpain on 3/27/2008 2:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
Rather... negative a mindset...

I would have thought that there would be more of a positive attitude about this since the whole idea makes it so that you are able to lookabout and do stuff of the kind that you would have otherwise needed to have had access to a dedicated system of surveillance cameras to maintain.

This way... don't think that those pesky burglars are going to be annoying you real bad anytime soon. Just consider the fact that Google is offering this service free of charge and you see the kind of change that is good just there...


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