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Google's underwater Street View library just got a lot bigger

Google's Street View is one of the revolutionary products from the company that forever changed the way we navigate the world. With Google's recent expansion of Street View to locations beyond city streets, the service has become much more than a simple navigation too, and people are using it to take virtual vacations to remote places all over the world. Today Google rolled out more images for its Underwater Street View library, taking us to popular diving spots in Cancun, and Isla Mujeres.

 

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These latest editions join a collection of underwater panoramic photos from hot spots such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and Hawaii as well as spots from Bermuda Monoco, and the Galapagos Islands. Each photographic excursion takes place over a 2-3 kilometer area and is comprised of some 3000-4000 images that are later stitched together to form the breathtaking panoramic images seen in Street View.

 

For right now, Google seems to be focusing mainly on areas around North and South America, but the company says that in the future it will expand to the rest of the worlds underwater treasures, and that it expects to have a much larger uncatalogued within the next two years. Projects like this are one of the most important things Google does in my opinion as we know more about outer space than we do about the Earths Oceans. Personally, I hope Google teams up with someone like NOAA or Odyssey to do more panoramic images of deep water sunken ships and other ruins that lay below the waters surface.

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Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has gone offline

Mt. Gox has just gone offline, with a joint statement released from several organizations from the Bitcoin community distancing themselves from the site. Not only is the site gone, but exchange's entire Twitter feed seems to have been wiped.

 

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A spokesperson for the group told Recode: "Mt. Gox has confirmed it will file bankruptcy in private discussions with other members of the bitcoin community". The Verge reached out to Mt. Gox, but the exchange didn't respond. Then there's an unverified document that tells the world that Mt. Gox's "crisis strategy" alleges that the exchange lost some 744,00 Bitcoins in a theft that goes back quite a few years.

 

The theft is said to have been enabled by the malleability bug that caused the exchange to stop all withdrawals earlier in the month. The join statement reads: "This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt. Gox was the result of one company's actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of Bitcoin and the digital currency industry. There are hundreds of trustworthy and responsible companies involved in Bitcoin. These companies will continue to build the future of money by making Bitcoin more secure and easy to use for consumers and merchants. As with any new industry, there are certain bad actors that need to be weeded out, and that is what we are seeing today".

Netflix inks deal with Comcast for 'faster and more reliable' access

Netflix made a deal with Comcast in which the TV series and movie streaming service will pay Comcast in exchange for faster and more reliable access to the broadband provider's subscribers.

 

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The details of this agreement was not disclosed, but the companies said,"Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multiyear agreement." This deal however comes with a criticism that this agreement may violate the principles of net neutrality. It was being discussed that all content providers should have equal and free access to its consumers.

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Court orders ISP to reveal information of illegal movie downloaders

The Federal Court in Canada has ordered Ontario based internet service provider 'TekSavvy Solutions' to cough out names and addresses of 2,000 subscribed who are suspected to use peer-to-peer client to down movies illegally which is owned by Voltage Pictures who made movies movies such as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club.

 

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This is considered as a pivotal moment to catch movie pirates. As said by Voltage Pictures' Lawyer James Zibarras, the decision marks a shift from a time when BMG Canada Inc.'s attempt to track down illegal music downloaders was turned down by the court. He said,"That was heralded by many people as a kind of green light for downloading. This is the first time that case has been reconsidered by the court."

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Pandora uses music playing data to deliver political ads to you

Online radio service Pandora recently started offering audio political ads based on user listening experience, with the company using algorithms to best determine political affiliations.

 

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The ability to somewhat accurately predict political leanings of its 73 million active monthly users is a unique offering to allow for more accurate ad placement. Election results are compared to each subscriber and their geographic location and musical preferences, and then artists are categorized on whether more popular among Democrats or Republicans.

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Google adds 'unsubscribe' button in Gmail for all users

Google has now provided a useful tool to get rid of those annoying subscriptions that you may or may have not signed up for, and even troubles locating the unsubscribe button in those unwanted promotional emails.

 

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From this week onwards, Google will provide a clearly marked 'Unsubscribe' link for Gmail. The link will be present on top of the header field in the emails.

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Nine new metros across the U.S. chosen for Google Fiber deployment

Google has made plans to start its Fiber connection in nine cities across the United States. Google also said that it has invited thirty four cities in these nine metros to take a look at what would it take to establish a fiber optic network in their own cities should they wish to do so.

 

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The company has been working very hard to deploy Fiber connections throughout the cities by conducting detailed studies for any factors that may affects its construction plans.

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The new Google Maps moves from beta into production

The new Google Maps has been in beta form for quite some time now, and today the company made the move to take the refreshed maps public. The new Google Maps is now live for everyone, and the service is better than ever. As with all Google products, search functionality is better than ever, as well as being more intuitive. Lets say you needed a computer repair shop, all you need to do now is type Computer Repair in the search box, and Maps will find the best options for you.

 

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The new maps also allows users to easily flip from 2D maps to 3D Google Earth maps as well as displaying handy information such as bike routes, traffic information, and even terrain maps. Street view has also been updated, and there are even overlays similar to how Google Glass projects augmented reality onto maps. Overall the new Google Maps feels like a fresh look at an old friend, and the changes definitely make it much easier to use from the browser.

Kickstarter hacked, so change your passwords ASAP

Crowdsourcing website Kickstarter was recently hacked and members are urged to change their passwords as soon as possible. Cyber criminals were unable to access credit card data, and there have been no reports of fraudulent activity following the data breach.

 

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Last Wednesday, Kickstarter officials were alerted to a the data breach by law enforcement officials - and some customer data was accessed by unauthorized sources. Usernames, e-mail addresses, physical mailing addresses, encrypted passwords and user phone numbers were taken, however, which prompted Kickstarter officials to recommend changing account passwords.

 

"We're incredibly sorry that this happened," Kickstarter wrote in a blog post. "We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again."

Commission says most Europeans download, stream pirated content

Around 70 percent of European citizens stream or download movies online, though some of them are legal, according to a recent European Commission study. Filmmakers need to appreciate the intricacies of filming and distributing content in Europe, with most films staying in their host nation.

 

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Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents say they pirate films for free, with more than half watching on a smartphone or PC.

 

"The study confirms that the European film industry is not making the most of its potential to reach new audiences or capitalizing on cross-border partnerships," the European Commission press release states. "We encourage filmmakers to make the most of the funding provided through Creative Europe, the EU's new program for the cultural and creative sectors, and its media subprogram in particular."

 

There is a global fight against Internet piracy, with copyright groups on the offensive to shut down piracy websites - and sometimes target users directly.

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