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April 8, 2008

Mashups in News

Filed under: Data Mashup — Tags: — Alena Semeshko @ 9:50 pm

Google and NewYork Times have created a mashup that shows you what’s happening AND where it happening. Sweet! Now you’ll be able to see the latest news for any spot in the world you want. Going on a trip to Spain? Wanna know what’s been up there? Just click on Spain and there you go!

The New York Times offers geo-coded news, and Google Earth offers the platform for reading that news in a 3D browser.

To experience this new way of getting your daily dose of news, launch the latest version of Google Earth and make sure the “Geographic Web” folder is turned on. Click on a New York Times placemark and you will see the latest news and features pertaining to that geographic region. Want to see more than just headlines? Click on the “Show this layer” button at the top of the preview bubble and you’ll get a list of news articles dating back one month.

Now, fly around Earth and catch up on news of your favorite places. Whether it’s your dream vacation destination, a country you are fascinated with, the latest U.S. presidential primary cities or your hometown, just fly and enjoy. You can also try viewing The New York Times layer along with photos from Panoramio, videos from YouTube or any number of other options from the Layers panel to experience the full range and depth of information available to you in Google Earth.

Don’t worry about staying on top of things. This layer is updated every 15 minutes to offer the latest headlines for those with a big news appetite.

Google is notorious for its mashups, that’s fine, but when you see that even first-class news papers (news papers, not software companies!) like NY Times do mashups… you can’t but notice this global mashup tendency…So, If you are still not a part of it, I’d recommend to brush up on your ability to mashup! ;)


  1. I saw a brief video yesterday on TV about new Google mashup displaying flash points and terrorist locations on the Google Earth interface. Is it the same mashup?

    Comment by Alex Khizhnyak — April 9, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  2. You are ptobably talking about the map of terrorist activities and incidents powered by Google Earth:
    It’s a different mashup, actually. The one I referred to in my post has to do with latest regional news (not necessarily incidents)for any location you click on.

    You might also want to check this out:
    It’s a list of 100 things you can do with Google Maps mashups.
    Enjoy =)

    Comment by Alena — April 10, 2008 @ 5:10 am

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