Google is not alone in providing a web based Maps service, with or without satellite photography. There are however alternatives that also provide aerial photos, something that Google has yet to dip its toes into. Is that all about to change? I checked out the Wikipedia article “List of Google acquisitions” today, and found out they had just acquired ImageAmerica, a provider of “high resolution aerial cameras”. I can think of little else that would make sense with such an acquisition. Finally an end to the blurry topless pictures!
Also of interest might be the “List of Yahoo!-owned sites and services“. You probably knew that Yahoo bough Flickr, but what about Kelkoo, del.icio.us, blo.gs and upcoming.org? Guess I had known had I used any of them 🙂