Chrome developer version bashes Street View bug

Street View no longer blacks out with the latest developer release of Google's open-source browser, version So where's the Google Earth plug-in?

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Google on Wednesday night released the new version of its Chrome browser to bash a bug that bit me by blackening the new big-screen version of Street View.

Indeed, I no longer get the problem. Now if the company could get its Google Earth browser plug-in to work with Chrome, it would look more like Google's right hand is cooperating with its left hand.

According to Chrome Program Manager Mark Larson, the new version also fixes "trackpad scrolling on more laptops (and the) Sogou Pinyin Chinese input method editor skipping the first letter typed." Fuller details are posted on the release notes page.

Chrome is in beta test form, but the new version,, is a developer release that's another notch more raw. For example, it includes attempted and "speculative" fixes that are more experiments to stop some crashes than proven solutions.

By virtue of Chrome's phone-home feature, Google can track crash reports, and one bug developers are trying to fix is among the top 10 causes of crashes.

To activate the crash-reporting tool, which isn't enabled by default, click the wrench icon to open the Tools menu, click "Options," click the "Under the Hood" tab, then check the "Help make Google Chrome better by automatically sending usage statistics and crash reports to Google" box. And if you're concerned that the Googlebot is monitoring your every keystroke, here's Google's description of the Chrome reporting tool's activity:

Information that's sent to Google includes crash reports and statistics on how often you use Google Chrome features. When you choose to accept a suggested query or URL in the address bar, the text you typed and the corresponding suggestion is sent to Google. Google Chrome doesn't send other personal information, such as name, e-mail address, or Google Account information.

Chrome, by default, already sends to Google the Web addresses you type so the browser can suggest search terms or auto-complete addresses. Turning on the monitoring feature means that it also keeps track of which of those suggestions you like.