Rather than bridging economic disparities between students, higher education seems to be widening them; although Google’s new customizable maps sound like a great idea, they filter out a lot of useful information; and although some would like to blame the collapse of the middle class on the Internet, truth is it was falling apart long before the World Wide Web. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Children looking to keep tabs on Santa Claus’ whereabouts have two Internet options this Christmas. After NORAD’s decision to switch from Google Maps to Microsoft’s Bing Maps, Google has started its own Santa-following venture.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad considers resigning his post as president of Iran; Google Maps will let users inside buildings; and Bill Gates dips his mouse into American education. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Google said it will hand over wireless network data that was collected by fleets of vehicles shooting photographs for the search giant’s Street View mapping service as it tries to resolve a privacy row with European regulators.
In an announcement following a data audit by Germany’s data protection authority, Google has admitted to accidentally sampling payload data from open Wi-Fi networks as its Google Maps mobiles traversed the globe’s streets.