Inspired by photosynthesis, MIT researchers have devised a catalyst to capture the sun's energy by unyoking hydrogen and oxygen. They're calling it a breakthrough in solar-energy storage. CNET News' Leslie Katz asks reporter Martin LaMonica to explain.
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According to Google, there's no such thing as complete privacy. And while we tend to agree, we don't necessarily think that should mean Google can drive up into the driveway, take pictures of the inside of our houses, and put them on the Internet. Maybe we're just not all on the same page. Also, new Mac notebooks and iPods are likely coming soon, along with, but not related to, a new Internet.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 778
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At the risk of sounding like a Google apologist (which I am blatantly not), why are all these people making such a fuss over Google Street View? Can't they get a grip and realize that, contrary to their megalomania, no one really cares what their home looks like and few (if any) people are looking up their address to see inside their bathroom windows on Street View?
According to Google, the company did not invade a family's privacy by taking pictures of their home for Google Street View.
"Plaintiffs' privacy claims fail, among other reasons, because the view of a home from the driveway that can be seen by any visitor, delivery person, or telephone repairman is not private," the company said in response to the suit, according to a copy posted at The Smoking Gun.
"Today's satellite-image technology means that...complete privacy does not exist," Google said in its response to the complaint. "Plaintiffs live in the 21st century United States, where every step upon private property is not deemed by law to be an actionable trespass...Unless there is a clear expression such as a gate, fence, or 'keep out' sign indicating that the public is not permitted to enter, anyone may approach a home by a walkway, driveway, or any other route commonly used by visitors, without liability for trespass."
Of course, the family Google allegedly caused "mental suffering" to disagrees.… Read more
Google Street View has been given approval to drive on the other side of the street on the other side of the pond.
The company's controversial photo-mapping tool has gotten the green light from the U.K.'s privacy watchdog group. Street View uses special vehicles with panoramic cameras to snap pictures of streets. It then uses the digital images as part of its online mapping service, so that people can see what locations look like.
Privacy groups in the U.K. have criticized the tool, saying it could violate privacy and data protection laws. These privacy advocates have … Read more
Google is revisiting efforts to create a venture capital arm, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal site Wednesday night.
David Drummond, a Google senior vice president, is expected to lead the effort, according to those who were briefed on the discussions. The group has also hired William Maris, a 33-year-old who has worked as an investor and entrepreneur, to help set up the venture, the newspaper reported.
The search engine has played with the idea of a venture capital arm in the past, and the plans could still fall through.
If successful, the new venture would put … Read more
Google's search engine gives different responses depending on the location of a person and various other factors. On Wednesday, the company said, it will show searchers exactly what those differences are.
"Today, we're rolling out a new feature in Google Web Search that will help you better understand how your search results are already customized," said Rachel Garb, a Google product manager, in the blog post. A message will appear above the search results telling how searches were customized and offering a link to share more details.
Specifically, the message will show how search changed from … Read more
Google's Street View service didn't invade a Pittsburgh couple's privacy, the search giant said in a response to the couple's April lawsuit over the matter.
"Plaintiffs' privacy claims fail, among other reasons, because the view of a home from the driveway that can be seen by any visitor, delivery person, or telephone repairman is not private," the company said in response to the suit, according to a copy posted at The Smoking Gun. Google seeks to dismiss the claim in its filing.
"Today's satellite-image technology means that...complete privacy does not exist,&… Read more
Apparently Google concluded it could use a little help with its own YouTube annotation technology:the company said Wednesday it's acquired Omnisio, a start-up that lets people add annotations to video.
Google announced the acquisition on its YouTube blog Wednesday but didn't disclose terms.
"We're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways," Google's YouTube team said. "The Omnisio team has tremendous technical expertise when it comes to advanced video tools and having this kind of talent … Read more
Time was when people reported on wrongdoers in officialdom to their local paper. Increasingly, though, that function has been supplanted by YouTube. CNET News' Greg Sandoval has the tale of how citizen journalists increasingly are taking advantage of communications technology to flex their muscles.
Erica Ogg explains the context for a future move by Dell to challenge Apple's iPod in the digital music player market. And Tabula Rasa players have an opportunity to get their DNA sequenced and added to a time capsule that the game's creator will take with him when he lifts into outer space this … Read more