Google’s digital tours
There are two schools of thought about Google’s expansion last month of its Street View photo-mapping program to the UK. Some say the publicly accessible photos of entire cities are an invasion of privacy; others, including many in the tourism industry, are thrilled that more people may be enticed to visit by browsing Britain’s landmarks and its neighbourhoods. You have to admit: it’s pretty cool to be able to be immersed in London’s Parliament Square, beneath Big Ben, with just a couple of clicks ( http://maps.google.co.uk ).
Similar privacy concerns have delayed Google’s efforts to introduce Street View (which operates on software designed by a Calgary company) to Canada, but Canpages beat them to the punch with its rollout last month of its own version with blurred-out faces and licence plates. Canpages only has street-level photo maps available for Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler so far, but more cities are slated to be added. www.canpages.ca .
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