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Checking out Israel just got a whole lot easier with Google Street View’s latest update

Excerpt from TechCrunch

Jan 17, 2013 12:51 pm

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Google Street View is taking its goal of mapping the world mile by mile, but some miles are slower than others when dealing with a government that’d prefer to not have its every street corner on the Internet.

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The tourist center in Jerusalem. Google Street View


A day after its Street View cars were mistakenly accused of donkeycide in Botswana, Google today announced that the cars have now made their way through hundreds of “cities, towns, villages, heritage sites and tourist attractions across Israel.” As far as we know, no donkeys were harmed in the process.

Google launched its first Street View imagery in Israel in April 2012, but the collection was rather limited at the time and mostly focused on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Kfar KamaMerhavia, Nahsholim and Beër Sjeva. Today’s update vastly expands this collection, though the overall coverage still isn’t quite as comprehensive as it is for some other countries.

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