"There is something new: a globe about the size of grapefruit, a perfectly detailed rendition of Planet Earth, hanging in space at arm's length in front of his eyes... It's a piece of CIC software called, simply, Earth. It is the user interface that the CIC uses to keep track of every bit of spatial information that it owns -- all the maps, weather data, architectural plans, and satellite surveillance stuff." [More excerpts ]
Source: Google Maps
"This Google satellite map shows that stopping at Richmond would leave too long a walk and would probably confuse visitors. Getting all the way up to Westheimer (or at least Alabama) also improves access to some substantial officebuildings west of Sage that can be seen in the map with their long shadows. This Sage hook is also interesting because it leaves all of Post Oak open for the Uptown BRT, creating more overall transit coverage for the Uptown area (map)."
Internet sleuths discovered that anyone using Microsoft's new Virtual Earth website for a bird's-eye view of Apple's corporate headquarters saw only a grainy overhead photograph of what appears to be a single, nondescript warehouse and a deserted parking lot -- not Apple's sprawling campus, with 11 modern buildings surrounding a plush courtyard.
"One satellite expert said companies should provide more details, such as the date for each photograph, to help internet users make sense of these images.
'It's a problem, one of the real challenges. There's a reason why most pictures in magazines and newspapers have captions,' said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org. 'What's missing from this imagery is, there are no captions to tell you when the image was acquired or what you're seeing or why you should care.'"