Google Earth Honors Iraq War Dead

"Bathymetric [or sea floor terrain] data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor," the statement added. "The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data."

Maxim Goes Mega for its 100th Issue

To celebrate its 100th issue, Maxim magazine constructed an 8,250-square-foot replica of its cover featuring "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria.

The 110-foot-long image took 15 hours to install in the Nevada desert outside Las Vegas.

Rather than wait for Google Earth's satellites to capture the image, Maxim photographed the gigantic cover from an airplane. Using the aerial photo, Google digitally overlaid the image onto the exact spot in the desert.

Pool Dipping

In the summer, Google Earth helped British teenagers start a new craze: pool dipping. The cunning teens used Google Earth to find homes with pools and then organized pool parties using social networking sites. This led a police representative to tell the U.K. Telegraph, "We are advising owners of swimming pools to be on their guard and extra vigilant. We would also warn prospective swimmers that using someone else's pool is trespassing and therefore illegal."

Street Party

The street view in Google Maps typically shows the humdrum life of America's intersections and alleyways, but last May, two Pittsburgh artists, with the help of more than 100 co-conspirators, threw a street party for the entire Internet.

Timing various public performances along one street, Sampsonia Way, as a Google-owned car drove by snapping pictures, the artists, Ben Kinsley and Robin Hewlett, were able to create a montage of spontaneous performances.

Google already shot its Pittsburgh street views but agreed to come back to shoot the art installation. The company said it wouldn't guarantee that it would use the new images, but when Kinsley looked, there they were.

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