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Google street view...

Google put the street view for Christchurch live some weeks ago and I love it! What an amazying feat considering the effort involved in taking all those images (be interesting to know what kind of camera they used...), geo-referencing everything, streaming the service and so forth.
For a different spin on Street View and privacy concerns in regards to Google in general have a read of this article. Quite interesting if you ask me, especially the part about GA (Google Analytics) data being copied and stored in the US... One might wonder who else thereby could get access to the surf behaviour and patterns of millions of non US citizens (a bit of paranoia doesn't hurt).

For those friends & family far away, have a look at some of our favourite CHC places (be patient, takes a while to load);

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