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Paul McCartney is No Fan of Google Street View

May 24, 2009

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I’m of the opinion that if you write a song like “Yesterday” you can do whatever you want. That’s why (well, partially why) I’m not upset at Sir Paul McCartney, who is having a bit of a hissy fit vis-à-vis Google Street View. McCartney recently asked this his house be removed from Street View because, as a spokesman put it, he felt “unsettled” that people could look at his house 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The house, which is in North London, cost a measly £40,000 pounds when he bought it in 1965. My guess is that its value has increased just a little bit since then.

Google, perhaps used to receiving complaints about Street View, can now remove buildings from it with the click of a button.

Again, it’s hard to get mad at McCartney, even though, on the surface it really does seem like a snooty thing to do (“I don’t want those people looking at my house!”): you’d imagine he’d be a little bit skittish with his personal safety given what happened to John Lenon.

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