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Steps toward radical transparency

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJun 20, 2009 7:58 PM


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Netherlands: Caught in World Wide Web:

Two men who robbed a 14-year-old of cash and a cellphone in September were arrested after the victim spotted them in a photo on Google Maps, the Dutch police said Friday. The victim contacted investigators in Groningen in March after he found a photograph in the mapping site's Street View function showing him and his assailants moments before the robbery. "As the faces were unrecognizable, police made contact with Google in the United States and received the original photograph by mail in June," a police statement said. "An investigator immediately recognized one of the suspects." One man confessed, the police said.

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