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Virtually a holiday

Too broke to jet abroad? Thanks to Google, you no longer need to

By Joy Lo Dico   August 2009

It’s the summer holidays again, and time for the annual British migration south, east and west. But this is 2009. We already watch television on the iPlayer, make new friends on Facebook, “work from home” over the internet. So the next logical step— bypass the hell of Heathrow and reduce your carbon footprint in one fell swoop by taking your holidays online too.

Google’s Street View, which merges photographs taken of streets in cities across the globe to produce a close likeness of the world in 3D, sparked off heated debates about privacy when launched in March. But as a…

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