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Thank you to GEB reader André for letting us know that Google has just updated Google Earth to version 7.1.8.3036. It is a minor bugfix update but does indicate Google’s continued dedication to Google Earth.

The main thing you will notice is a slightly more modern look to the menus and other interface features. The placemark list, for example now has ‘twisties’ instead of plus/minus symbols.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/new-google-earth-version-7-1-8-3036.html
Thank you to GEB reader André for letting us know that Google has just updated Google Earth to version 7.1.8.3036. It is a minor bugfix update but does indicate Google’s continued dedication to Google Earth. The main thing you will notice is a slightly more modern look to the menus and other interface features. The …
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Google recently open sourced a new 3D compression library called Draco. The new library promises high compression rates for 3D graphics and promises much faster page loads for web pages with 3D graphics.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/draco-3d-compression-library.html
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Here is our wish list for 2017:

Google has been making bug-fix updates to Google Earth, which have been very welcome (the crash that used to happen when moving placemarks was very frustrating), but there have been no new features added. We would love to see new features, or even a major update.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/wish-list-google-earth-2017.html
Here is our wish list for 2017: Google has been making bug-fix updates to Google Earth, which have been very welcome (the crash that used to happen when moving placemarks was very frustrating), but there have been no new features added. We would love to see new features, or even a major update. Google has …
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A recent story in the news is a rumour that Google may be planning to sell its satellite imaging business Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging) to satellite imaging company Planet (formerly Planet Labs).

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/google-selling-terra-bella-planet.html
A recent story in the news is a rumour that Google may be planning to sell its satellite imaging business Terra Bella (formerly Skybox Imaging) to satellite imaging company Planet (formerly Planet Labs). Google acquired Terra Bella, then Skybox Imaging, in mid 2014. At the time, Terra Bella had two satellites, SkySats 1 and 2. …
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Thank you to GEB reader Jacob for bringing to our attention an interesting effect in Google Earth’s 3D imagery. In Kingston, Ontario, Canada, there is a building in the 3D imagery that seems to be a combination of imagery from when it was still under construction and imagery from after its completion.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/two-stages-construction-google-earth-3d-imagery.html
Thank you to GEB reader Jacob for bringing to our attention an interesting effect in Google Earth’s 3D imagery. In Kingston, Ontario, Canada, there is a building in the 3D imagery that seems to be a combination of imagery from when it was still under construction and imagery from after its completion. The result is …
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While looking through the recent imagery updates we came across this story about a river in Russia that turned red. DigitalGlobe captured some imagery of the location including both a colour image and a black and white image, captured on the same day. Unfortunately, Google Earth has a problem that we have previously discussed in that if two overlapping images are captured on the same day, it is impossible to see the image that has been overlapped. In this case, the black and white image has been placed on top of the colour image and since we are specifically looking for colour, this is a problem.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/river-runs-red.html
While looking through the recent imagery updates we came across this story about a river in Russia that turned red. DigitalGlobe captured some imagery of the location including both a colour image and a black and white image, captured on the same day. Unfortunately, Google Earth has a problem that we have previously discussed in …
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It is often useful to be able to get Google Earth placemarks into Excel (or other spreadsheet application or even a database). One way to do this is to save your placemarks as a .KML file (do not use .KMZ) then rename the file to .XML then it will open in Excel. However, it will typically need quite a lot of cleaning up after that. So, we thought it might be useful to have a simple converter that takes a .KML or .KMZ and extracts all the placemarks (points only, ignoring polygons, paths and other features) and converts it to csv for easy import into Excel or other application. So, here it is:

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/google-earth-placemarks-excel.html
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We recently came across this interesting article which talks about how DigitalGlobe is applying AI to satellite imagery recognition.

Humans brains are still extremely useful, so DigitalGlobe also has a crowd-sourcing platform that can be used either on its own, or to train and artificial intelligence algorithm.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/using-artificial-inteligence-satellite-imagery.html
We recently came across this interesting article which talks about how DigitalGlobe is applying AI to satellite imagery recognition. Humans brains are still extremely useful, so DigitalGlobe also has a crowd-sourcing platform that can be used either on its own, or to train and artificial intelligence algorithm. If you are interested in AI and satellite …
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Earlier this week we released maps showing the imagery updates of 2016 according to the ‘historical imagery’ layer. The maps were created using the Google Earth Plugin/API which Google has since shut down. It was scheduled to be shut down on January 11th. It was still working yesterday, January 12th, but is not today, January 13th.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/observations-2016-historical-imagery-updates.html
Earlier this week we released maps showing the imagery updates of 2016 according to the ‘historical imagery’ layer. The maps were created using the Google Earth Plugin/API which Google has since shut down. It was scheduled to be shut down on January 11th. It was still working yesterday, January 12th, but is not today, January …
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This weekend, on January 14th, SpaceX hopes to return-to-flight with their first launch since the explosion last September on the launchpad of their rocket carrying the Amos-6 mission. As fans of SpaceX, we thought this would be a good time to have a look at some SpaceX related sights in Google Earth.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/spacex-google-earth.html
This weekend, on January 14th, SpaceX hopes to return-to-flight with their first launch since the explosion last September on the launchpad of their rocket carrying the Amos-6 mission. As fans of SpaceX, we thought this would be a good time to have a look at some SpaceX related sights in Google Earth. Space Launch Complex …
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Today we are releasing our map of Google Earth imagery updates for 2016. Download this KML fileGoogle Earth File. You must have GE installed. to see it in Google Earth.

Let us know in the comments if you find any interesting sights that we have not yet covered.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/google-earth-imagery-update-outlines-2016.html
Today we are releasing our map of Google Earth imagery updates for 2016. Download this KML file to see it in Google Earth. Let us know in the comments if you find any interesting sights that we have not yet covered. Eastern Europe got noticeably more imagery than Western Europe. We guess this is because …
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Google recently updated the ‘historical imagery’ layer in Google Earth and we have done a series of posts on the various interesting sights:
Wildfires in the US
More US wildfires, US floods and a Tornado
Floods around the world and the Calais Jungle Migrant camp

Today we are looking at a few more locations around the world.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/google-earth-imagery-updates-italian-earthquake-burning-man-train-crash.html
Google recently updated the ‘historical imagery’ layer in Google Earth and we have done a series of posts on the various interesting sights: Wildfires in the US More US wildfires, US floods and a Tornado Floods around the world and the Calais Jungle Migrant camp Today we are looking at a few more locations around …
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This blog is not officially affiliated with Google. Google Earth Blog is dedicated to sharing the best news, interesting sights, technology, and happenings for Google Earth. You will find the most amazing and interesting Google Earth news stories and content you can download right off the site. Learn how to take data from your GPS, map it into Google Earth, and share it with friends or the world. Learn when new releases of Google Earth come out, hear about new technologies and features, or check out the links to dozens of other Google Earth web sites.

When Frank Taylor first saw Google Earth he knew it would be a popular phenomena. All sorts of amazing things were going to happen because of Google Earth. And, amazing things have happened, indeed, in the 6+ years since this blog was started. Over 2000 blog posts here are a testament to Google Earth.
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