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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Interesting Government Data Requests from Google & YouTube

Google's made this pretty-looking tool that shows users which governments are requesting data and which ones ask it to remove URLs, videos, images etc.

Not surprisingly, Brazil leads the pack for remove requests - due largely to all the problems they've had with child pornography on Orkut (http://www.accuracast.com/search-daily-news/multilingual-7471/brazil-threatens-to-shut-down-googlebr-due-to-orkut/)

The most interesting data snippet, though, is one that has no data at all:
"Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets, so we cannot disclose that information at this time"
in reference to: Government requests directed to Google and YouTube (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, 2 April 2010

Google Maps Street Views in 3D - Fun!

It seemed to start as an April Fool's Day joke, but has hung around since. Google has actually introduced 3D Street Views on Google Maps.

While this has absolutely zero real use, it has a 100% coolness factor!
in reference to: Google Maps Street View in 3D on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (view on Google Sidewiki)