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Paper Monitor

11:56 UK time, Friday, 11 July 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor wonders what one's ageing silver-haired relative, a passionate Daily Mail reader for many years, will make of the front page story today that "Google spies at your door". One suspects not much, and that it will all go over the silver head.

The Google Streetview (where they offer 360 degree photos of street-level scenes) has in the past run into privacy concerns because it photographed people going into strip clubs and women inadvertently showing their underwear when getting out of a car. But worse than that, it is a charter for burglars. It means escape routes can be planned, apparently.

Should this whole newspaper reviewing business go down the drain, and Paper Monitor happens to turn to a life of housebreaking, one hopes one will not be relying on Google Streetview to case joints.

Silver-haired relative likely to be much more impressed with the paper's offering of a DVD with Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice. Can this be what it seems? We know the Mail has developed a line in offering films starring people you've heard of, but not actually in films you've heard of. We will wait and see.

Wouldn't it have been marvellous though if it had been Wuthering Heights? Would have gone down well in Downing Street.

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