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Social business owners, verify your Google+ pages!

Are you a storefront business who loves connecting with your customers through the Google+ page that you already created through Google+ for Business (google.com/+/business/)? Now you can verify your Google+ page in the Local Business or Place category. This will unify your business's online presence across Google Search, Maps, and Mobile and ensure that your customers get the right information about your business, wherever they are looking for you! Verification will enable you to update your business address and hours, respond to reviews, and more -- from the the same Google+ page where you currently share posts with your customers. And stay tuned -- we’re working on extending the full benefits of a verified Google+ page to more local businesses soon. Learn more here (http://goo.gl/0yHbS). 
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+Andrew Leahy posted about a video demo showing the capability of http://www.acute3d.com. I decided to check it out and you can download a 3D viewer and explore the 3D city of Paris and various other examples. Google better snap up this company or license their technology because they are way ahead of what Google and Nokia currently produce.

One word: WOW!!!

Rather then the simple 2.5D where buildings and trees are formed with fine elevation details, here you get true 3D where the tree canopy actually is above the road rather then merge with it.

The buildings look clean and sharp and the roads are nice and flat and not like a crater landscape like the Google Boulder model.

This is by far the best photogrammetry I have seen to date. The Acture3D technology can use photographic data from any camera at any location. Imagine if you feed the Google Streetview, Panoramia and all the other online images sources into such an engine! It would need image colour grading but it has the potential to produce up to date accurate true 3D maps.

Imagine the potential! If you want a feature in the landscape to appear in 3D. Just pull out your camera and start photographing it. Upload the photos to your picassa account and next thing you know it appears in 3D in Google maps. (Maps because I doubt Google Earth will be around for much longer)
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Indoor streetview is the way forward, guaranteed consistent results.
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How can Business Photos help with your business?
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google, they will see the images displayed directly on the search results page. These panoramic images will also be published on Google+ Local pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give customers a better sense of the layout, decor and beauty of your business interior. Using easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, attracting potential customers who visit your website too.
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Galway to Ballinasloe to 995km/hour, Time-lapse video using street view, I must combine this with Google Business Photos, browse every shop in Sligo, Ireland at 1000km/hour, my kind of shopping!
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