Discovering the many odd, amusing and unfortunate moments captured by Google Street View has become something of a sport for online voyeurs.
Just this week, eagle-eyed users spotted a South Dakota man toting a rifle in public, and a gent in Melbourne using the loo.
Also this week, a now infamous series of images emerged capturing one of the Google Street View cars hitting a deer in upstate New York. (Google apologized and the images were removed.)
Add to this list a series of incredible Street View scenes from one road in Pittsburgh. All along Sampsonia Way, amazing random events seem to be taking place. Read more
Matt Rosoff, writing on Cnet today, reports Microsoft’s increasingly irrelevant claim that the Zune is not dead – at least, not yet.
It’s irrelevant because, given the latest disastrous sales numbers, it’s now clear that the moment for the Zune device to make any sort of impact in the digital music business has passed. The battle over digital music is moving on. Read more
Google likes to talk about how it’s AdSense system supplies the lifeblood for much of the Web, feeding the adverts that generate income for many other websites. Through its network of advertising affiliates, Yahoo plays a similar role.
So based on the latest results from both companies, the rest of the Web must really be hurting. Read more
Facing a fresh attack from European regulators and with Google breathing down its neck, Microsoft could really do with something special from the next version of its Web browser. That would be one way to silence the critics who claim its dominance of the market has killed off innovation.
As it happens, there are plenty of good ideas in IE8 (a near-complete version of which was released today.) As often with Microsoft, though, some of these represent refinements of breakthroughs that were made by rivals rather than genuinely new ideas. The main new features in IE8 include: Read more