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Google Makes Models Of “Green” Structures

The 85 buildings come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, but environmentally speaking, they’re all “green.”  They’re also all well-liked by Google, which has made models of them in Google 3D Warehouse.

Google Earth Gets Real-Weather Update

The weather can cause a lot of headaches, and due to its questionable reliability, a new weather-related update to Google Earth might also become a source of frustration.  But with options like “Clouds,” “Radar,” and “Conditions and Forecasts,” the update’s cool factor is likely to outweigh any complaints.

Google, U.N. Partner On Poverty

Google and Cisco have partnered with the United Nations to launch a new Web site that will detail how and where Millennium Development Goals on ending poverty are being met.

More New Imagery For Google Maps And Earth

Eye doctors should ready themselves for a flood of patients; Google Earth and Google Maps have just received yet another huge update that’s sure to have users squinting at their monitors all day and late into the night.

Google Used To Track California Fires

Google’s products and services can’t don fire gear or grab a water hose.  But people are still using them in ways that will hopefully reduce the impact of the California fires.

Microsoft Virtual Earth Gets 3D Modeling System

Thanks to the release of a new 3D modeling system, Microsoft Virtual Earth is a step closer to achieving parity with its main rival, Google Earth.  Google Warehouse, meet 3DVIA.

YouTube Now On Google Earth
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Google Earth has added a new feature that allows YouTube videos to be embedded at geographical locations. Users can now view videos of famous tourist attractions or other places they may want to visit.

Google Earth Turns Unwelcome Eye Towards Israel

We’ve seen this sort of thing before: people complaining that Google Earth has exposed military secrets or put certain structures at risk.  Yet of all the nations in the world, Israel may have the most right to worry, and it’s this country that the latest update affected.

130 Countries Covered In Google Earth Update
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Google Earth enthusiasts should prepare to lose another chunk of their lives to the program – a new update has been made, and this one covers “approximately 130 countries.”

Microsoft Backs New Postal Technology

Depending on how much you trust the current government that likes to tap phones and secretly search your houses, an electronic form of paper mail that you can receive anywhere, anytime might be a good thing. At least you won’t to worry about anthrax.

YouTube, Google Checkout Cater To Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations have, like everyone else, always been able to use YouTube for free.  But a new arrangement will give them more exposure and an innovative way to get funds.

Google Earth Could Go After Second Life
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Google Earth is getting increasingly realistic, but it still lacks elements related to human movement and interaction.  Google may soon address this issue, however, as there’s word that Google Earth could become the basis for a Second Life competitor.

New Satellite To Serve Google Earth
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Google’s got a new satellite, and it’s watching you.  Or, to be more accurate, DigitalGlobe’s got a new satellite, it’s watching everything, and the resulting imagery will wind up in Google Earth.

Google Earth Could Help Find Fossett
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A lost person could hardly hope for a better friend than Richard Branson, the British billionaire.  Unless, of course, that friend was Google, and there are now indications that the search giant will attempt to find Steve Fossett.

Google Hides Flight Simulator In Earth
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Google hid an Easter egg so well it wasn’t found until nearly Labor Day, in South Africa, where I’m not even sure if they have Labor Day. Doesn’t matter, it’s not really an Easter egg, either, it’s a flight simulator tucked inside of the most recent release of Google Earth.

Eye Google Earth Through “Gigapxl Photos”

The big Google news today related not so much to the “Earth” part of “Google Earth” but to the new arm of it known as “Sky.”  Sky’s very nifty, to be sure, and deserves all the attention.  Yet there’s also a new “Gigapxl Photos” layer that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Google Earth Reaches For The Sky

Google has launched a new feature for users of Google Earth called Sky, which allows people to view the sky as seen from Earth.

Google Earth Gains Live Traffic Info
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We’re still waiting to see this feature spread to more cities, but in the meantime, it’s spread to another program.  Now users of Google Earth can see the same real time traffic info that was once available only in Google Maps.

Google Earth Gets Book Search Layer

To research a place’s past, you could drive around looking for historical markers.  Or you could call up Google Earth; a new default layer allows users to “explore locations through the lens of the world’s books.”

Google Earth Won’t Get Virtual London

I’ve seen it: an amazing 3D model of London that was meant to wind up in Google Earth.  Only now, due to what I’ll politely call “bureaucratic nonsense,” it won’t.

Google Maps Makes Use Of Crowdsourcing
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Who knows your town better: you or Google?  Unless you live in Mountain View, California, I’m betting it’s not Google.  So the search giant is experimenting with crowdsourcing as a way of making its maps more detailed.