Google Earth V6 is out. It has 3D trees “species-accurate but not necessarily individual-tree-accurate” per the Map Room.
The Santa Rosa Democrat used Google Earth (likely V5) to locate a 2.6 magnitude earthquake on Nov 29 under the playground at the Middle School.
All Things D (WSJ) reports: “According to sources close to the situation, Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, in what would be its largest acquisition yet if completed.”
Google announced at Web 2.0 Summit that near field communications (NFC) support would be in the next iteration of Android. It’s a local sensor type tool that could be used to fight credit card fraud (you are where the transaction is) or check in fraud (you are not lying to Foursquare about being in Starbucks).