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No-fly zone spoils Google's big day out

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No-fly zone spoils Google's big day out - BizTech - Technology - theage.com.au
Stephen Hutcheon
January 30, 2007


In cyberspace the Google mob may be masters of the universe, but when it comes to Sydney air space the internet heavyweight holds no sway.

Scores of Sydneysiders who took up Google's challenge to make a spectacle of themselves in an aerial photo shoot staged over the city on Australia Day are likely to be disappointed.

A plane chartered by Google to take the images never made it over some of the designated areas or arrived hours later than expected by which time, many of those who had been waiting below had moved on.

The high-resolution images were to be added in about four to six weeks' time to the popular online mapping service Google Maps

But the flight plan was hastily changed on Friday morning after Sydney air traffic control denied the twin-engine Aero Commander permission to fly over parks and beaches in inner Sydney and the east due to air safety concerns ...
 

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That's no good. :( Although at least now I don't feel so bad about missing out (I'd planned to get in one of the photos, but came down with terrible food poisoning and didn't get into the city til about 3pm).

I wonder if Microsoft's photo went ahead. From memory the plan was to shoot that one over a park too.

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This should put to rest any thoughts anyone has that the U.S. intelligence services don't have the technology to read what is on the packet of cigarettes that one has in their hand.
 

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The image of the beach is amazing - if you just simply zoom in closer and clsoer you can see that someone has a brazilian flag beach towel...
 

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simongr said:
The image of the beach is amazing - if you just simply zoom in closer and clsoer you can see that someone has a brazilian flag beach towel...
Yeah. I was looking for Brazilians as well...
 
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