Here's recent Google-related geonews.
From the official sources:
- Google changed its basemap data for ten countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland. Google already switched to their own data for the U.S. and Canada in the not so distant past.
- Following a previous entry Costa Rica and Nicaragua boundary in Google Maps, Google Lat Long and Ogle Earth discuss the matter
- Google Maps tiles have been significantly updated for Japan
- There's contest for SketchUp 3D modelers
- You can now perform spatial queries in Fusion Tables
From other sources:
- An entry on using SketchUp to model interiors
- An excellent flight simulator for Google Earth
- Here's an entry on the state of the Berlin Wall, as seen using the Google Earth Plugin
- An online tool for Satellite Tracks And Visibility In Google Maps
- We mentioned BatchGeo a few times in the past, via APB I learned that BatchGeo was forced to disable extracting geocoded coordinates because it's a violation of Google's Terms of Service. We rarely saw similar enforcements as far as I can remember.