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Google gives Germans a month to sign up to alter reality

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/11/10 11:51 AM

It’s the dang Street View issue again. Latest is that Google has announced that people in Germany have a month to opt out of the Street View program and have their homes not appear on the service. Just have them erased. This despite the fact that their homes are real and visible from the public eye if you’re walking down the street. There’s already a plan in place to fuzz out any faces or license plates that Street View sees. So the Germany Google presents is one where everyone has a smudgy face and houses disappear into thin air.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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