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1:05 PM ET, July 4, 2008

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BBC:
Google ‘faces Street View block’  —  Google's plans to launch a mapping tool in the UK could be referred to the Information Commissioner.  —  Street View matches photos of locations to maps, including passers-by who were captured as the photograph was taken.
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and broadstuff
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS:
Google, privacy and Street View  —  As soon as Google launched Street View, its innovative photo-mapping tool, people began complaining that their privacy had been compromised.  —  From the man walking out of a sex shop, to the sun-bathing girls - had Google compromised their privacy …
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Changes Home Page, Adding Link to Privacy Policy  —  The word “privacy” now appears on Google's home page, with a link to the company's privacy policy.  —  With that one word, the Web search giant heads off the growing controversy over whether its previous practice ran afoul of a California law …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
What comes next in this series?  13, 33, 53, 61, 37, 28...  Late one night in the summer of 2000, I found myself answering user support emails in response to two new features we had just released, Advanced Search and Preferences (at the time catchily called “Language, Display, and Filtering Options” :)).
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google, You Can Eat My Cookies Anytime
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Homepage Now Links to Privacy Policy
Discussion: WinBeta
San Francisco Chronicle:
Merchants angry over getting yanked by Yelp  —  Four years ago, Geri Rebstock started using Yelp, a popular site for consumers to review local businesses and services.  She critiqued her favorite veterinarian, a neighborhood print shop and an acupuncturist who took care of her bad wrist.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Zhanyong Wan / Google Testing Blog:
Announcing: New Google C++ Testing Framework  —  We all know the importance of writing automated tests to cover our code.  To make it easier for everyone to write good C++ tests, today we have open-sourced Google C++ Testing Framework (Google Test for short), a library that thousands of Googlers have been using in our C++ programs.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Download Squad
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Matias Duarte, designer behind Sidekick and Helio, now developing Palm's next-gen UI  —  So we heard from a very reliable source that mobile user interface guru Matias Duarte — who you may know as the man behind the Sidekick and Helio UI / user experiences — actually left Helio late last year to join up with Palm.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Windows Maintenance Tools  —  You download, create, delete, and move around countless files and endless piles of data on your PC every day.  While your PC would ideally handle all of this data for you, it doesn't take long before you end up with a disorganized, cluttered computer.
Discussion: Digg
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What's in the Works at Strike.TV  —  Looking for more details on Strike.TV, the network of 40-plus online video series from the Hollywood pros?  We're not sure exactly what's happening tomorrow, the supposed launch date, but we dug up some more goodies to give you a hint of what's to come.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
BSA slams EC's ‘narrow-minded’ interoperability vision  —  EIF 2.0 draft ruffles some proprietary software feathers  —  An open standards row is brewing between the EC and a lobbying group for software multinationals over a proposed European framework on interoperability - a draft of which is due to be published on 15 July.
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
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Mark Blafkin / ACT:   European Commission's Own Goal on Standards
John Oates / The Register:
eBay Australia ditches PayPal scheme  —  eBay Australia has given up on its attempt to force virtually all payments through its subsidiary PayPal.  —  The move proved hugely unpopular with users and had to be put on hold while it was investigated by the Australian Competition …
Discussion: Inquirer
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
I Can Has Cheezburger CEO allergic to cats  —  Consider this: Ben Huh runs a site that takes submissions of stupid cat pictures with pidgin English captions written across them.  That site, I Can Has Cheezburger, pulls about 2.2 million pageviews a day.  Like the HotOrNot guys …
Yahoo! News:
Firefox Browser Share Tops 19 Percent as Record Set  —  The Mozilla Foundation has set a world record and achieved new heights in its battle for browser market share.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mozilla's Firefox 3.0 Web browser set a record for the most downloads in a day.
Associated Press:
YouTube ordered to reveal its viewers  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Department of Civil Disobedience: Google Should Deliver Its YouTube …
 
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Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Hello: Macs Are About to Get Interesting Again
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Study: US broadband access up overall, but down among the poor
Discussion: Lockergnome
Nokia:
Telenor and Nokia cooperate on bringing mobile services to consumers
Discussion: IntoMobile and mocoNews.net
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
It Only Looks Like an iPhone
Discussion: CBC News and Mark Evans
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Asustek to Offer Eee PC With Built-in 3G Wireless
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Ban Retailers From Selling Its Products On eBay?
Discussion: Times of London
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meraki brings free WiFi to 100,000 San Franciscans
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linspire Chairman Frustrated By Futility Of Desktop Linux, Rebuts Carmony
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Bidzos is back as VeriSign chief, at least for now
Discussion: The Register
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright
mobilesyrup.com:
Bell & Telus launching the Samsung Instinct!
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
BoingBoing: It's our blog, and our rules
Discussion: Valleywag, PSFK and Web Scout
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Napolean Q9: Verizon's World Phone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did the “Enron of Norway” …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Should people in glass Facebook offices throw stones?
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