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Google takes its street view tech inside for Business Photos

Have you ever wanted to know what the inside of a new restaurant looks like before you go to eat there? Soon, you may be able to Google it.

Google’s vice president of product management, Marissa Mayer, said that the company will be extending Places and launching a Street View-like service for businesses.

According to Bloomberg, Mayer said store owners can request to have Google take 360-degree pictures of their stores to put on a business Places page.

The new feature, called Google Business Photos, also lets store owners upload their own pictures to showcase things such as seasonal promotions.

Addressing privacy concerns in its FAQ on the new service, Google said that it will blur out faces of customers or employees who appear in the photos. Agreeing to have your store photographed does, however, give Google the right to use the photos for any new applications the company may be planning for businesses.

The new feature’s site says photographers are taking appointments in parts of California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. The service is also available in some major cities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, the UK and France.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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