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Google Maps Improves Again with Street View

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Why is this man smiling? Because he doesn't know that he's in ur Google Maps as part of the Street View feature, a new addition to the already-perfect map tool.

Now one can see a birds-eye view like a traditional map, a satellite view, a hybrid view of both, and with this new feature one can see what the front of the building looks like and the whole damn block.

With the new “Street View” feature in Google Maps, street level imagery is available for maps of the San Francisco area, New York, Las Vegas, Denver and Miami, and will soon expand to other metropolitan regions, Google said in a statement. Users looking at Google Maps through a Web browser can navigate around a city, “virtually” walking the streets, checking out restaurants and landmarks and even zoom in on bus stops or street signs to make travel plans. - Reuters

And they can zoom in on dudes walking out of strip clubs (above),
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joggers, and random people's license plates. You can even check out Ground Zero.Super cool, but is it legal? According to this post on Metafilter, as long as something is out in the public view, it's kosher to take a picture of it. So say cheese LA cuz Street View is coming to this fair city soon.
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