In an interview with the Financial Times, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said an employee snuck some code into the Streetview computers causing them to collect information.
The case has been making headlines across the world and has Google in courts from Oregon to Germany. But, was it caused by one employee? (Working on his 20% time?) According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, that employee is now the subject of an internal investigation.
In the first case, an engineer, who is now the subject of an internal investigation at the company, inserted a vital piece of code into Street View software systems "in clear violation" of operating procedures but undetected by colleagues.
I haven't really taken an interest in this case because I don't believe the information that Google would have received to be that damaging, at least if it was used by Google in the same way it uses search data. Google says it did nothing with the data.
Google is accused of (at worst) pulling extremely brief snippets of information from open routers as the streetview cars sped by.
A YouTube video from the crew at Waterloo Labs tells you everything you need to know
File this one under Don't Try This at Home.
Some DIY guys in Austin, Texas, with time on their hands and access to free equipment have demonstrated how to use an Apple (AAPL) iPhone to steer, accelerate and brake a jury-rigged car.
The video -- complete with stunt driving and real-time collisions -- is posted below the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 16, 2009 10:08 AM ET
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