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July 25, 2005

MSN virtual Earth: Where's Apple?

Stephen Baker

A reader points out that MSN's new "virtual earth" leaves Apple headquarters out of Cupertino. Here's Google's version. This point is popping up elsewhere.

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? MSN Virtual Earth (beta) from Daniel Neamu Weblog

In the new mapping/satellite imagery frenzy, Microsoft launched this weekend its beta version of MSN Virtual Earth. First things first, Microsoft?? Earth is basically USA, [Read More]

Tracked on July 25, 2005 01:24 PM

?? MSN's Apple-free Virtual Earth from Zoli's Blog

Virtual Earth wipes APPLE HQ off the map ... the World Trade center still intact though... in the meantime, nobody seems to care about the NASA's very comparable product. [Read More]

Tracked on July 25, 2005 03:23 PM

The image is from 1991, before the current Apple Headquarters was built. More details are available on my blog.

http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2005/07/apple_cupertino.html

Posted by: Niall Kennedy at July 25, 2005 01:25 PM

Isn't it funny how all the buzz is about Google and MS, when there's another very similar product downloadable from none other but the NASA? (hm.. does it say something about the difference between Government and Private sector?) More here:

http://www.zoliblog.com/blog/_archives/2005/7/25/1074634.html

Posted by: Zoli Erdos at July 25, 2005 02:27 PM

"Hey, Sun and Oracle are gone too, and at Google's address, there's just a charred hole" reports Siliconvalley.com.

Posted by: Zoli Erdos at July 25, 2005 03:21 PM

Maybe some enterprising journalist (or anybody with some inside connections) could query both Microsoft and Google and ask why their maps and satellite images aren't date-stamped in some obvious way. File this under the "Duh!" category.

This is yet another example of how us poor users are being inundated with half-baked technology which can't even pass a basic smell test for being ready for prime-time distribution.

-- Jack Krupansky

Posted by: Jack Krupansky at July 25, 2005 05:59 PM

Hate to sound like a luddite, but I have to question why everyone is so excited about Google Earth and MSN Earth. Being a Manhattanite, I think it is a terrible idea.

The only two kinds of people I can think of who would TRULY benefit from these types of powerful tools being free and widely available are:

1. real estate agents

2. terrorists

http://ddo.typepad.com/ddo/2005/07/a_contrarian_vi.html

For more on Google, see:

http://ddo.typepad.com/ddo/2005/07/some_thoughts_o.html

Posted by: Ed at July 25, 2005 06:06 PM

Here in West Virginia, the oddity is something that Virtual Earth says is there but isn't. At the home where four teenagers were gunned down in May, VE lists a Wal-Mart Supercenter. I'd show you the link, but VE doesn't play nice with Macs (imagine that).

Posted by: Len at July 28, 2005 10:18 PM

MSN virtual earth is interesting

Posted by: Mr.K at November 7, 2005 03:29 AM


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