Various "news" articles:

Online search engine leader Google Inc. has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on homes and businesses using satellite images, an advance that may raise privacy concerns as well as intensify the competitive pressures on its rivals.

Privacy concerns? Can someone please explain to me, since it's not explained in any article I've found, what the privacy concerns are? What exactly is so scary about photos from 6 to 12 months ago?

The stories covering the release are full of words like "unnerve", "anxieties", and "paranoid". Worries over "an invasion of privacy". Over pictures. Pictures I could take from a plane flying over any of these places. Pictures with low enough resolution that you can barely tell what color cars are. There's no license plate reading, no spotting your neighbor as he sneaks across the yard for a late-night liaison. These articles don't even offer any quotes or real information from anyone who could actually be described as "unnerved".

If you can't even dig up a paranoid wingnut to support your fear-mongering, is there really any point to publishing your story? Give me a break.

UPDATE: I finally found someone with a legitimate complaint.


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