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Ever wondered what Google Street view actually photograph? On their birthday we wanted to find out!

From it's humble beginnings Google Street View and Google Maps ius something we can't live without. On the Birthday of Google Maps we uncover what happensd across the country with Google Strret View.

Google Maps began as a C++ desktop program designed by Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen at Where 2 Technologies. In October 2004, the company was acquired by Google, which converted it into a web application.

After additional acquisitions of a geospatial data visualization company and a realtime traffic analyzer, Google Maps was launched in February 2005. The service's front end utilizes JavaScript, XML, and Ajax. Google Maps offers an API that allows maps to be embedded on third-party websites, and offers a locator for urban businesses and other organizations in numerous countries around the world.

.Google Map Maker allows users to collaboratively expand and update the service's mapping worldwide. Google Maps' satellite view is a "top-down" view; most of the high-resolution imagery of cities is aerial photography taken from aircraft flying at 800 to 1,500 feet (240 to 460 m), while most other imagery is from satellites. Much of the available satellite imagery is no more than three years old and is updated on a regular basis. Google Maps uses a close variant of the Mercator projection, and therefore cannot accurately show areas around the poles.

And as we say the rest is history.

Source: Be Amazed and GoogleGoogle Strret View