Google Street View has unveiled shots from some of the world’s highest mountains.In addition to Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro and Russia’s Mount Elbrus, Google has now also captured photos from Everest Base Camp in Nepal.Because Street View’s camera-equipped vehicles were unable to make the trek, a tripod and digital camera were used.A 6.9 magnitude earthquake reportedly struck near Everest while Google was taking its images.[Sources: The Register, Google, Time]Microsoft is being investigated for its relationship with business partners who allegedly used bribes to score software contracts.A former Microsoft rep in China reportedly made the allegations, which are now being examined by the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission.Regulators are also looking at Microsoft’s relationships with certain resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy.The government has not accused Microsoft or its business associates of wrongdoing. Indeed, it is possible that no charges will be filed.The allegations involving China, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, are from an “anonymous tipster” who claims that he/she was instructed to offer kickbacks to Chinese officials for inking software contracts. The tipster, whose contract reportedly ended in 2008, was involved in a labor dispute with Microsoft in China.These allegations were scrutinized… Read full this story
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