just because you’re panoid doesn’t mean they’re not mapping you

Tom got the inevitable friendly take-down notice from Google, so the Google Street View Scraper is decommissioned. Tom tried to reason that he was scraping the metadata not the images, but such subtleties were politely dispensed with. Tom is now pushing ahead with open source panorama capture and display .. OpenStreetView. Gigapan should be coming around soon, similar cool stuff.

The time between release of a new feature, cracking, take down, and open source alternatives has collapsed completely since Google Maps was released two years ago. At this rate, a proper API for Street View should be appearing by next week 😉

And more hacks are appearing. These time lapse movies are awesome! and these visual analyses of the panoid are compelling moves towards a decode.