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Google Earth launched 10 years ago today!  I had the honor of doing much of the service's configuration and performing the actual launch process in 2005.  At the time, Google knew how to serve lots of small requests (i.e. searches), but images, not so much.  Google Earth quickly became Google's biggest user of bandwidth, and we had a few close calls during the first week where we nearly overwhelmed the network hardware.  I was not popular with the production team for quite awhile.

My favorite Earth feature is historical imagery, which I helped design along with +Reuel Nash  who did most of the work.  There was a great story about some farmers in India who used historical imagery to receive compensation for their land when a new highway was being built.  The government claimed that the land was not under cultivation when the highway was planned, but Earth's historical imagery showed otherwise!

There were so many other great launches in Earth: Sky, Moon, and Mars, Ocean, the Web plugin, the flight simulator (which I opposed and nearly cut), camera tours, Street View, and the Android and iOS versions.  It was even ported to some high-end cars.

Congratulations to everyone who was kept Earth going all these years, and especially the Keyhole team who dreamed up and built the original product on a shoestring budget.
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I agree with the conclusion, industry "pace of innovation has slowed to a crawl", but Google+ photos is the best.   There's so much room from improvement in this area and everyone else doesn't seem to care.   Go Google Photos!
In August 2013, we reviewed the best services for storing your photos in the cloud. Nearly two years later, much has changed. Everpix, our pick for average users, went out of business. Picturelife,...
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Still backing them up in HDD, even tough bit tired of the process of doing it to be honest
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"Chewie, we're home!"
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A great math-problem analysis of today's booster crash landing.   Great video, great math... should be used in every AP high school physics class.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 made it's second attempt at landing on a barge and crashed. Here is a video analysis of the rocket, along with homework questions.
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Congratulations to Stephanie Hannon on her new job!
Stephanie Hannon served as Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact.
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It all depends on where you play!   Congrats to the Google Maps team... great upgrade.
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Tried in Manhattan :) 
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An Elevator Pitch about elevator pitches.
 
So I did this...
You've started a business and now you're looking for investors, employees and advisors. Even if you've made the effort to get a warm email introduction, don't expect your prospects to read through a long and rambling description of your business. You need to get to the point - and fast.In about 150 words, cover the following 6 items in sharp but brief detail.Your name & most relevant credential. 10 words. This should be one sentence, no more. Kee...
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Combining two of my favorite things:  DJI drone and Antarctica, this is a great video!
Kalle Ljung of Stockholm, Sweden, recently spent 16 days touring the Antarctic with his 73-year-old father. He brought along a DJI Phantom 2 drone with a G
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Video and photos of a jaguar at its best.   
Photographer Justin Black captured this incredible photo of a jaguar attacking a caiman in the wetlands of Brazil. Black was leading a group of photographs
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After my experiences this year in the game parks of South Africa, I can appreciate how rare it is to get a shot like this.
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Check out Wearality, bigger VR!  150degree field of view!
Wearality is raising funds for Wearality SKY: Limitless Virtual Reality (VR) on Kickstarter! Explore the limitless possibilities of the sky. The next generation of VR wearables is here, with an astonishing 150 degrees FOV.
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It's time to act. Section 215 is the worst part of the "Patriot" Act. Ask your congresscritter to not support reauthorization.
Join me. Tell Congress that it's time to end the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance under the Patriot Act. https://fight215.org
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Made it to Goodland Kansas... Only 375 miles to go. Kansas is wide.
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    Electrical Engineering, 1982 - 1986
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