Visit Hashima Island in Google Streetview Stories July 7, 2014

Re/code piece on Google’s Shopping Express service says that the company is investing $500M to expand the service beyond San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City and roll it out nationally.

The service lets shoppers buy things from local retail stores through Google, which then delivers them to consumers from the physical retail store on the same or next day.

A source familiar with the company’s plans says senior Google execs have set aside as much as $500 million to expand the service nationwide …

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Visit Hashima Island in Google Streetview Stories June 28, 2013

Explore the Skyfall evil villain’s lair in Google Streetview (video)

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as an evil overlord, and want to do a bit of scouting for property, you can now explore the real-life location which formed the basis for Javier Bardem’s base in the Bond movie Skyfall (via Huffington Post).

Hashima Island – a small abandoned rock off the coast of Japan – was recently made famous around the world as the inspiration for the movie Skyfall.

The crumbling town was too fragile to film on for real, and in the film was located near Macau, but using digital graphics and a set at Pinewood Studios the Skyfall team managed to recreate it pretty convincingly.

The Street View exploration of the island begins here.

Google recently added over 1,000 locations to Street View, including a look inside the world’s tallest skyscraper, and added Streetview to the latest version of Google Earth.

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