Google launches Street View in Israel (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/22/12)
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Google on Sunday launched Street View in Israel, the US Internet
giant said, putting on show streets and sites of interest from the
Holy Land´s three major cities with its 360-degree street-level
The imagery of "Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Haifa includes sites of
interest such as the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Armenian quarters
of Jerusalemís Old City, the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy
Sepulchre, Western Wall, Mount of Olives, old port of Jaffa, the
Bahaíi Gardens," a Google statement said.
Street View, which was launched in 2006, lets computer users view
panoramic street scenes on Google Maps and take a virtual "walk"
through cities such as New York, Paris or Hong Kong.
Panoramic images are taken by cars equipped with special cameras
which photograph an area while driving through the streets; the
images are then processed in the US, where details such as faces and
registration plates are automatically blurred before being published
on Google Maps.
In August, Israel´s justice ministry gave Google the green light to
start photographing the streets, but asked that Street View provide
the public with a reliable way to request that further details be
blurred after the images are published online.
Google said on Sunday that users would be able to ask for "additional
blurring of themselves, their home or their car."
To the images available now at Google will later add pictures of
other cities and sites, including the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Tiberias,
Acre and Eilat. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/22/12)
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