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Google Gears Geolocation API For Laptop WiFi

     
11:49 am on Oct 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google Gears Geolocation API [google-code-updates.blogspot.com] For Laptop WiFi
(Google has) enhanced the Gears Geolocation API so that developers can now securely locate users to within 200m accuracy in major desktop browsers in hundreds of cities around the world. Whether your users are Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or (soon) Opera users, you can now automatically deliver an experience that is tailored to their current location.

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2:48 pm on Oct 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Well, yippie. Now maybe they'll get busy and tighten up their db on the metro geo-location on Google Ad Manager and on Adwords.
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I think it's high time the user's geolocation be protected by law as private information. EU privacy laws might already be up to the task, not sure.

It's nobody's business to know up to 200m where I am or was at any given time.

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Nice one. Will definitely inspire a lot of innovation that was being put off when geolocation was strictly for cell phone users and people with GPS.

Well, yippie. Now maybe they'll get busy and tighten up their db on the metro geo-location on Google Ad Manager and on Adwords.

Considering the way that the IP system works the fact that they've made their IP based geolocation work as well at it does is impressive.

It's nobody's business to know up to 200m where I am or was at any given time.

I suppose, then, that you don't use a cell phone?

Unlike your cell phone, wi-fi location is opt in (no one is going to know where you are unless you allow it) and only works when your wi-fi is toggled on.

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"Privacy does not exist" - Google Directive #2891

pepetual cookie - Check.
your Internet IP address - Check
the time and date of your computer access - Check.
your search terms - Check.
your browser configuration - Check.
you exact location - Check.
a browser that records your use and phones home - Check.
street view image of your home - Check.