Links: Muggers Caught, Tehran Imagery, Ocean Celebration, UNHCR Donation

As mentioned, I’ve been sailing this week, so posts have been slow coming (see first part of trip at the Tahina Expedition blog). I would have written last night, but the only WIFI near our anchorage went dead after dinner. Then today we sailed 70 miles back to our home base. Don’t worrry, we’ll be getting some onboard (yes, satellite, but also some other less-expensive options) Internet connectivity in a few weeks.

  • Muggers Caught by Street View – Many GEB readers forwarded me this story about two muggers (who happen to be twin brothers) having been caught thanks to Google’s Street View imagery. A 14-year old Dutch boy was mugged just moments after a Street View car imaged the two muggers walking close behind him. The boy noticed the image in Street View 6 months after it happened and called police. Police requested and got the original image without face-blurring from Google and they recognized the assailants and arrested them. The AP story has the blurred version of the photo.

  • Tehran Imagery – Google released recent imagery of Tehran, Iran for Google Earth after a GeoSat satellite took the picture. This release was made quickly in response to the developing news there last week. You can view the photo here in Google Earth.

  • Ocean GE Celebration – Google took an opportunity to celebrate the new wealth of information available about the oceans, since Google Earth 5 was released last February, with a number of their partners recently. Watch this video of awards for the new ocean content. I just had to mention this because I just spent several days sailing on the ocean!

  • UNHCR Dontation – Just a follow-up to the post I made last week about the UNHCR and World Refugee Day. As promised, GEB has made a donation (via Frank Taylor) on Monday of over $100 to the UNHCR. If other bloggers accepted my Twitter challenge to do the same, I would appreciate hearing about it.

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. Check out Warsaw and Prague! Lots of new automatic generated 3D buildings. 🙂

  2. thailon (Peter Misovic) says:

    🙁 The new imaginery is moved approx. 300m 🙁

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