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April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
When Silicon Valley wizard John Hanke developed Google Earth a little more than a decade ago, he put advanced, interactive mapping technology in the hands of consumers. It was a major breakthrough, but Hanke has moved on since then. As director of Google's Niantic Labs, he masterminded Field Trip, an app that provides real-time, location-based information about shops, buildings and services. It's available for smartphones and tablets. When used used in conjunction with Google Glass, expected to be released by the end of the year, the Field Trip app will be accessible to by voice-activated, futuristic spectacles, thereby freeing users' hands.
January 2, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Perhaps more than any other person, Marissa Mayer influences how the world experiences the Web. As Google Inc.'s champion of innovation and design, she has had her hand in nearly every product the Internet search giant has rolled out. Basically, nothing gets out the door without her approval, including such popular services as Gmail and Google Earth. Her latest job at the company: vice president of consumer products. One of her responsibilities is to run Google's geographic and local services effort, the red-hot market focused on delivering information and advertising to people based on where they are. Mayer also recently got a promotion to Google's operating committee, the elite group that sets the company's strategic direction.
January 29, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Google unveiled its new maps of North Korea on Monday, beginning to fill what was once a blank expanse on its digital maps with streets, subway stops and even the locations of infamous North Korean prison camps. The crowdsourced maps were created by volunteer “citizen cartographers” who share and check geographical information, using a system that allows anyone to add and update data, Google said Monday. They bring more information about the isolated country onto the widely used website, landing Kim Il Sung Square and Bukchang Gulag on the same platform routinely used to check driving directions in Los Angeles or peruse street views in Houston.
June 29, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Google Inc. introduced a version of its satellite-based mapping service that allows Internet users to view three-dimensional images of buildings and landscapes, a bid to seize a larger share of the market for local advertising. Google Earth, a free product, searches for pictures of businesses such as hotels and restaurants, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google said.
April 11, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc., whose motto is "Don't Be Evil," has launched an initiative designed to highlight some. A scan of the globe using the Google Earth satellite mapping program shows a large swath of Central Africa trimmed in orange. Zoom in and the words "Crisis in Darfur" appear, along with icons of flames marking 1,600 villages destroyed in fighting between government militias and rebels that has led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people.
February 6, 2007 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
ANDRE Mueller is a virtual explorer of virgin territory. One morning, off the southwest coast of Iceland, the 25-year-old German physics student noticed a wispy line -- a wrinkle, almost -- in the elaborate patchwork of satellite imagery that makes up Google Earth. He zoomed in for a closer look. It was smoke. At the end of the trail, he discovered what appeared to be three boats.
August 26, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Birds do it, bees do it, and so, apparently, do . . . cows? No, it's not that. We're talking about sensing the Earth's magnetic field. German scientists using satellite images posted online by the Google Earth software program have observed something that has escaped the notice of farmers, herders and hunters for thousands of years: Cattle grazing or at rest tend to orient their bodies in a north-south direction just like a compass needle....
November 6, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
In a city famous for its views, the one from the observation tower of the year-old De Young Museum is among the best, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the distant Berkeley hills.
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