Last night, Google released some new layer changes for Google Earth. The “Register to Vote” layer added a short while ago has been changed to the “2006 US Election Guide” and includes two sub-layers: “US Election Guide” (click on the placemarks for useful voting information), and “US Congressional Districts” (which shows the borders of those districts). These layers are NOT turned on by default, but the information is more useful.
It appears there have been some improvements to reduce the amount of clutter when viewing the large number of placemarks if you turn on the Google Earth Community layers. [EDIT 30-Oct: Apparently some of the changes to the layer won’t be visible until the next release of GE 4]. Google let me know these changes went live last night while I was visiting their booth today at the X PRIZE Cup.
By the way, Larry Page – one of the co-founders of Google – dropped by to visit the booth (and his employees). Larry was here to attend the X PRIZE Cup and attend a board meeting of the X PRIZE Foundation. I was fortunate enough to be invited to have dinner with Larry and some of the Google Earth team this evening.
There was a silly rumor in the blogosphere last night, but (as TechCrunch has already established) Google did not buy the original Space Ship One. Google has acquired a replica of the space ship for display at the GooglePlex.
I plan to summarize a few other highlights about my trip next week in a trip report, and I plan to share some of the photos I took. Sunday I will be spending all day trying to make it back to North Carolina from New Mexico in a small plane. Wish me luck for a strong tailwind!