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  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:25:18 PM
    But, obviously, the YT promo video is up. Thanks for the heads-up there, Google.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:27:55 PM
    Alright folks, here we go.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:28:33 PM
    False alarm, it was just a "shut off your cell phones" public service announcement.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:28:55 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:29:06 PM
    Event should be starting soon, they say.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:31:02 PM
    Hmmm, so some are saying that video link isn't working for them. Worked for us.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:31:10 PM
    There are no car displays visible. I'm bummed but not surprised. See my wishful thinking at cnet.co
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:31:32 PM
    Lovely video now playing
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:31:38 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:31:54 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:31:58 PM
    What we're getting today is mostly likely to be news about new 3D-ification of Google Maps and some cool new toys for Android users.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:32:16 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:32:27 PM
    Not much for Apple-heads, obviously.
  • jaymar.cabebe 6/6/2012 4:32:44 PM
    3D is fun and all, but I'm hoping for something more...
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:32:44 PM
    "Welcome to the next dimension" they say. Rod Serling not present.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:32:47 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:33:01 PM
    Brian McClendon, in charge of Google Geo, now up
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:33:04 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:33:17 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:33:26 PM
    History lesson time.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:33:30 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:33:53 PM
    Brian came from SGI, building graphics supercomputers.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:33:59 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:34:17 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:34:28 PM
    Talking about "Space to Face" of zoomable satellite imagery that zoomed into aerial views and terrain data. Looks like Google Earth. Ran on a supercomputer.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:34:31 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:34:38 PM
    Then they started porting in, in 1998, to PCs.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:34:54 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:34:56 PM
    ITLL HPN was his license plate
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:35:17 PM
    In 2001, Keyhole (man I love that company) was founded. That's what Google bought to make Earth
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:35:18 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:35:23 PM
    loved, not love
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:35:34 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:35:47 PM
    When Iraq was invaded in 2003, CNN started to rely on Keyhole and it was off to the races.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:35:51 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:36:26 PM
    In 2004, Sergei was showing Keyhole to the Google board. 24 hours later, Google offered to buy Keyhole. Offered scale and investment, Brian says.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:36:56 PM
    Larry pushed group to "buy it all" - all the satellite and other data.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:37:08 PM
    In first few weeks at Google, Earth was one-half the bandwidth of Google.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:37:17 PM
    Meanwhile, Google Maps was being built in the company.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:37:26 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:37:54 PM
    Maps was first big AJAX product. Whole world was pre-rendered. Big thing was the single search box for location.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:38:07 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:38:19 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 4:38:26 PM
    Three principles of maps: Comprehensiveness, Accuracy, Usability
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 4:38:45 PM
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