Google Earth Upgrades.
Google Upgrades Mapping ToolsBy MICHAEL LIEDTKE
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Google Inc. on Monday released the latest upgrades to the mapping tools that rank among the company's biggest success outside the Internet-leading search engine that steers much of the Web's traffic.
The improvements include a major expansion of the satellite imagery included in Google's three-dimensional software for touring Earth.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company said four times more land will be covered in the latest version of its free Google Earth software, enabling about one-third of the world's population to obtain an aerial view of their homes and neighborhood.
More than 100 million people have downloaded Google Earth software since it was offered a year ago, according to figures released by the company for the first time Monday.
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