Pro-Google Vigilantes Throw Eggs at Homes Blurred in Street View

We knew Google was popular, but we didn't know it was this popular. Over the weekend, several homes in Germany that opted out of appearing on Google Street View were hit with eggs by a team of vigilantes. The homes also had notes that read "Google's Cool" stuck to their mailboxes.

Google Street View launched in Germany this month, initially with images of the small town of Oberstaufen and then last week in 20 major cities, including Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Concerns about Street View led Google to allow people to blur their homes before the service went live (usually, this is something only allowed after-the-fact). About 3% of the households in Germany (2.89% or 244,237 in all) choose to blur their homes.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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