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Microsoft launches StreetView rival in Europe
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:27

From the BBC:

Microsoft is launching its own version of Google's StreetView - dubbed Streetside - across Europe.

Cars fitted with cameras have begun taking pictures around London and will start mapping major cities on the continent next month.

The service is already available in 56 US towns and cities.

Microsoft has been keen to avoid the privacy concerns that dogged Google's service but said that it does plan to gather wi-fi data.

Initially, Streetside will be on a smaller scale than Streetview, according to the company's director of search, Dave Coplin.

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