Google has released version 5.0 of its Google Earth Plugin (our Google Earth API profile), a browser plugin that enables users to load Google Earth in the browser. The latest release includes several new features that make the plugin, and its corresponding API, even more valuable for geospatial visualization.
Developers have long requested direct access to driving directions data from Google. Now they've got it, Google announced today at its I/O conference. The feature comes after MapQuest who became the first major player to offer its directions as a web service for free.
Geolocating your users can create a better experience, but it can also be used in devious ways. For example, cathysteeth.com claims to have a cosmetic dentistry solution discovered by a mom. And wouldn't you know it, Cathy lives in your home town. And your home town.