Google has launched a beta test version of Google Earth, which "combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips".
It's based on Keyhole's satellite imagery - Google bought the company. And it's free for personal use, though there are paid-for versions, with Google Earth Pro costing $400.
The launch version requires a program download that is available for Windows 2000/XP only, with other systems to follow. It also requires a broadband connection, so that data can be streamed from Google as you zoom around the 3D world.
In the UK, Google has also launched a mobile Web search service, and an SMS information service. Search from your mobile phone, select Mobile Web (Beta), and the results should be formatted to fit the screen. If you have problems getting to the Mobile Google page, you can try the xhtml and wml addresses.
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