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Google Acquires Keyhole Corp.

More acquisitions coming with IPO funds?

     
1:36 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"With Keyhole, you can fly like a superhero from your computer at home to a street corner somewhere else in the world -- or find a local hospital, map a road trip or measure the distance between two points," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management. "This acquisition gives Google users a powerful new search tool, enabling users to view 3D images of any place on earth as well as tap a rich database of roads, businesses and many other points of interest. Keyhole is a valuable addition to Google's efforts to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
2:00 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow. That is neat.

Official Press Rel. [google.com...]

It might be integrated to Google Local?

[keyhole.com...]

[edited by: Chndru at 2:05 pm (utc) on Oct. 27, 2004]

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Way cool! Talk about taking search to the next level. They can provide satellite imagery within 1 foot of your chosen destination.

Fly from space to your home town. Visit exotic locales such as Maui, Tokyo, Rome and Paris. Satellite imagery makes it real. Explore restaurants, hotels, parks and schools. Think magic carpet ride!
2:07 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow! The technology sounds really great :)

(Kind of scary too though)

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It's amazing to see that some locations have 3 inch resolution. It really makes you wonder what kind of resolution the NRO has.
3:55 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Significant. Indicates Google's future concept of itself (that is, less reliance on search, and adsense/adwords).
4:44 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have been using Keyhole EarthViewer for over a year now, quite the stuff. I found out that this house I really like has a golf hole in the back yard; bunkers, green, the whole 9 iron.
4:48 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Here is another article on it from CNET:
[news.com.com...]

Even CNN picked up the story too:
[money.cnn.com...]

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Indicates Google's future concept of itself

I thought they already did that with the goal of Organizing The World's Information?

5:49 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I hope that someone whose name begins with B-i-n doesn't take out the cut price subscription.
5:53 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good point longen, its sad but good tech can always be used to do bad things.
7:28 pm on Oct 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Put this, along with GPS technology into my Treo and you might have something.
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I just tried it and it seems really buggy to me. I'm very curious to see what else they integrate into the technology though.
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I saw this product on TechTV (The Screen Savers) about a year ago. I was disappointed that I couldn't run it on my laptop. Well, I can now run the LT version. This is the coolest thing.

As someone who is looking for a house out of town, I will buy this just to help with that. $29 seems like a bargain. Don't all of us techie geeks love to show this stuff to our friends?

I don't own stock in G, but I would bet that guys like me will help to cover the cost of this purchase.

Bob

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I thought they already did that with the goal of Organizing The World's Information?

I meant diversification.

5:51 am on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They're really opening up the local market, it's amazing what they've already achieved. This will be good for local searching, which at the moment isn't brilliant, and will place them at the next level as the SE for global, national, and local searching.
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European coverage isn't great yet...
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So now Google not only knows what you like and where you live - but even what sort of house you have. :)
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European coverage isn't great yet...

Non existent in Or-stray-lee-ah (unless you're just interested in which bits are green and which bits are brown).

Still - kind of fun visiting Paris and London from the air - looks like it was snowing in London....;)

I think the "Explore restaurants" line's a bit much too.

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The problem with Keyhole is that it's only worth looking at if you live in a major city. Everyone else who lives in the smaller cities like me, have no use for it. I wonder if Google will get Keyhole to image the entire US, not just metro areas.
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I have to second, WOW. Lookout MapQuest here comes Keyhole.
5:52 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Keyhole is very impressive.

Looks like G is spending its new found billions on some quality purchases.

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> someone whose name begins with B-i-n

That was the first thing that crossed my mind... On-site surveillance of targets is not-so-slowly becoming a thing of the past.

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I am just blown away...

I have spent the past three hours touring the world.

Favorite stops - Mount St Helens, the Vatican, Paris, Tokoyo, Seattle, San Francisco...

My Grandmother had memories of the the first automobiles, planes, radios, TV's and space flight, as well as two world wars and more. I think that this software probably impacts me as much as those things did her.

Wow...

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Keyhole uses UBB.threads to host a geographic Blog at bbs.keyhole.com that is great to explore if you have the program installed.
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Very impressed. Not sure if right now this going to work for the average user, but I could certainly see this technology one to watch in the future. Particularly if this was the kind of software that came with a browser...
6:40 pm on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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very nice piece of software...>! I bought the paid one for 30 bucks, it's worth.
7:14 am on Oct 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It is supercool. I would be happy to pay even $100-$200 a year if they had the entire world.
2:35 pm on Oct 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I used the trial version of Keyhole last summer. It helped me plan my Disney vacation (hotel location) and I got to see many locations of interest.

I would have loved a paid subscription but my casual usage did not justify the fee. Now the fee is more in line with how I use it.

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Heh- have a look at all the blurred buildings in washington- and the picture perfect white house roof *cough*photoshop*cough ah well I guess it's for the general good.




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