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Jan172013

Google Publishes New Street View Imagery of Israel, Says ‘Donkey is Alive and Well’

Google Maps Street View last year in April released panoramic imagery of sites and streets in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv-Jaffa–today, the company has published new street-level imagery of hundreds more cities, towns, villages, heritage sites and tourist attractions across Israel.

“You can now virtually tour the picturesque city of Safed in the North, the coral reef in Eilat in the South, visit the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, and wander around the narrow passageways of the old city of Acre,” Google blogged.

Google adds new Street View imagery of Israel

Over the last 24-hours, internet was abuzz with the news that Google Maps Street View car has killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana as it appeared on the 360-degree imagery of Maps.

Google just responded to the hit and run report, leaving the humble beast stranded in the road said that as shown in the imagery, the donkey was lying in the path “perhaps enjoying a dust bath” before moving safely aside as our car drove past–and that the donkey is alive and well.

Check the images below–Street View car driving on the left hand side, approaches the donkey lying down in the road:

Google Maps Street View Car: hit and run donkey (ass) is alive

Google.org is supporting with $2.1 million in grants to the Sunlight Foundation and also providing $1.6 million to mySociety to build a global platform to equip developers with tools and resources–such as open source code–to more easily and quickly launch new civic apps and services using use Civic Information API.

“This initiative can promote collaboration between civic-minded technologists, regardless of geography. For example, a civic app created in Finland might be easily replicated 9,000 miles away by a developer in Chile,” Google said.

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