The US Patent Office is a gold mine for journalists and industry watchers. From sketches on a possible new Macintosh (the first one being a small notebook sliding inside a vertical docking station) to hints on future Google plans, there is always something to eat. The website Search Engine Land has found three new patents filed by Google engineers. They have to do with finding and indexing new layers of search : the text in images (for instance the words visible in any urban area). The patents cover recognition, enhancements, and extraction of this information.
> see story on Search Engine Land site
> directly connected to the patents, have a look at the fantastic Google Street View application available on selected US neigborhood. Go here to see the demo (don't pay attention to the host who looks like the perfect moron).

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