CBS News Does Google Earth

CBS News in Google EarthBack in September I wrote about CBS News supporting Google Earth with georeferenced RSS news stories. The only problem was their link was not set up as a network link so you wouldn’t get the news delivered automatically (unless you set up the network link yourself). I sent them feedback about this months ago. Anyway, sometime within the last month they finally updated the file as a network link. Even more significantly, the new version of Google Earth 4 (4.0.24xx+) which came out November 1st, really makes this CBS News link more useful. They put a lot of stories in the same city (Washington, DC, NYC). Now when you click on placemarks on the same city they spread out into a star pattern allowing you to see all the stories from that location.
By the way, the news stories are usually accompanied by nice relevant photos and a link to more details. Often video accompanies the stories once you go to their web page. Very professional multimedia content. I can now recommend keeping the CBS News network link in your permanent Places folder (it won’t take up much room except when you turn it on). The link comes from their impressive array of RSS feeds.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I have been trying to get CBS to do a story on all of my scrapbooks, I have so many that the entire collection can be seen from outer space (try it on google earth)! Does anyone know how to get motor oil out of hair?

  2. David Crouse says:

    Does this work with Google Maps improved KML support? I cant seem to get it to work.

  3. KML Network Links (a dynamic capability) are not supported by Google Maps. Also, the KML file CBS is generating for the network link isn’t supported by Google Maps either (not sure what’s breaking it at the moment).

  4. The CBS KML files are not very accurate. Is there anything one can do to improve them?

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