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Google Street View Gets Another Set Of Upgrades

It's a birthday bash doozie this time

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Street View launched on May 29, 2007, and for some reason, Google is choosing to celebrate its first birthday today.  Don’t complain, though, because the celebration involves putting 37 places on display for the first time.

A full list of cities can be found on the LatLong Blog; states to look out for include AL, CA, FL, GA, KS, MS, MA, MI, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, and VA.  And we’re happy to report that Lexington, Kentucky – WebProNews’s base of operations -made the cut.

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Another interesting thing about this update is the number of park areas that are included.  Remember that Street View is road-based, but at least some images of Yellowstone National Park, Sequoia National Park, and eight other wilderness areas have become available.

"We’ve also been spending the past year working very hard to improve Street View image quality," writes Google’s Jiajun Zhu.  "In this push, we removed some of our oldest images, so say goodbye to odd coloring and funky geometric artifacts.  The new images have better color and more consistent lighting."

Last but far from least in privacy advocates’ eyes, the face-blurring technology that was first tested in Manhattan has been implemented on a universal scale.

Again, in the face of all these impressive birthday-related developments, it’s hard to grumble about the slight lateness on Google’s part.

Google Street View Gets Another Set Of Upgrades
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