Seattle Geo Hackathon – On September 3rd, Google is holding a Geo Hackathon in Seattle. Google Maps/Earth API, KML, and more can be used. Follow the link for details.
Bhuvan Launched – India’s space agency ISRO announced their own 3D virtual globe called “Bhuvan”. The application reportedly runs in your browser, uses satellite imagery from India’s own satellites, and they claim has even higher resolution data than Google Earth. Unfortunately, their servers have been inundated and many people haven’t been able to use the application yet. See this news report (notice the comments describing the troubles). Also, here is a news video announcing the new product. It’s interesting how all the news stories compare the Bhuvan to Google Earth.
China-India Error – As mentioned a few days ago, Google made a mistake with a database update to Google Maps marking areas of a disputed region in India with alternate Chinese labels. Google explains the mistake publicly on a post at the LatLong Blog.