Google on April 22, 2010, begun the pilot testing of "Business Photos" program in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and France, which gives users a virtual peek inside businesses through interactive 360-degree imagery. Starting today, this service is now available in Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands too.
If you're a business owner in any of these locations around the world, getting started with Business Photos program, is easy -- just hire a Trusted Photographer in your area to take pictures of your establishment at a time convenient for you.
"Panoramas are created using the photos, and customers can easily find the resulting panoramic images on Google.com, on Google Maps, and on your Google Places listing."
And if you're simply curious and want to explore businesses -- from top-rated restaurants to exotic pet stores -- check out this gallery of interior business photos on the Street View website.
Google is also calling professional photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, to have on its board! "We are actively recruiting more Trusted Photographers to bring imagery of more local businesses online for millions across the globe to see," posted Gadi Royz, Product Manager, Google Maps.
Google added a new Google Translate gadget to its blogging service blogger.com, that will let the visitors to a blog select their preferred language from the drop-down menu, and using Google's free translation service, it will display the blog posts in any of the 50+ languages Google Translate supports.
To add these gadgets to your blog, click "Add a Gadget" from the "Layout" tab, and select them from the list of gadgets under "Basics". You'll see three new gadgets for your dynamic blog, including "Blog List", "Text List" and "Google Translate'.
In addition to the new Translate gadget, Google is also introducing a pair of gadgets that allow highlighting things around the web you care about. "For example, with the Blog List gadget, you can highlight blogs you enjoy. With the Text List gadget, you can display a list of your favorite books, movies, or whatever you like - helping your readers get to know you better," explains Google.