Links: Google Moon Monday, Tax Evasion, Panoramio Winners, Canada Wins

  • Google Moon Monday – As reported here on GEB a week ago, Google sent out invitations for a “Special Announcement” on July 20th (the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing), with Buzz Aldrin speaking. Google will almost certainly be introducing a 3D moon for Google Earth (just like the 3D Mars already available). Google has now invited anyone to come to the Newseum in Washington, DC to see the event. Read the details. GEB’s Frank Taylor will be there reporting.

  • Tax Evasion – Google Earth has been used again to help investigate a tax evasion case. This time, reports of a evader having sold a house in a posh neighborhood in Porto Rotondo, Italy was the first clue. Next, it was heard the house had a “phallic”-shaped pool. Italy Mag reported on the case and speculates on which house it could have been. But, apparently there are a number of pools that might be a candidate. The article makes for an interesting read as it turns out the evader amassed tax omissions totalling 7 million Euros.

  • Panoramioa winners – The May winners of the monthly Panoramio photo contest have been announced.

  • GeoClusters – Barry Hunter has been experimenting with clustering and regionating placemarks for Geograph (a database of millions of photos of the UK). His techniques are definitely of interest if you are interested in developing geo-clustered data. Barry has released the source code. Read more about Geograph. [UPDATE: See review of this at Google Earth Design blog.

  • Canada Wins National Geographic Contest – In the world championship of National Geographic’s geography contest, Canada came in first place. US was 2nd place, and Poland 3rd.

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.

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