News in Short: Czech blocks Google from collecting Street View Data; Nokia revamps with new smartphones

Czech blocks Google from collecting Street View Data

Street View data collectors encounter yet another obstacle as they attempt to photograph every road in the world. Czech data protection authorities have stopped Google from collecting new images in order to update its famous Street View function.

Czech isn’t alone. Google challenges in nearly 40 U.S. states and numerous other countries.

Czech’s Office for Personal Data Protection rejected Google’s application (for the second time) to collect personal data in the country, citing that it could be considered illegal.

The country has no plans to make Google take down its existing Street View photos, however.

Nokia revamps with new smartphones

Nokia, the world’s biggest cellphone maker, has unveiled a new line of smartphones.

Tired of losing market share to Apple and Blackberry, Nokia has engaged in a pretty thorough management gutting, led by departures of its chief executive and chairman. An outsider was chosen for the job.

The new Nokia models are called E7, C7 and a revamped C6. They all come with large touchscreens and use the latest Symbian software.

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi says that the new phones are a “clear improvement,” but “not where Nokia needs to be.”

The phones will be available in Europe by the end of the year.