As one service goes live (the Google Maps API, that is), another shuts down – the following can currently be read on the Google Earth Download page:
“Google Earth downloads temporarily delayed
Thanks for your interest in Google Earth, but we’re sorry we can’t offer you a download right now. As you know, Google Earth is in beta, and we’re still building out our ability to take on new users. We’re making good progress, and expect to be able to accept new downloads shortly, so we recommend you check back daily at earth.google.com.”
OK, so Microsoft is embracing AJAX (XMLHTTP, recently pushed strongly by Google’s Google Suggest and Google Maps) and they’re putting their own abstraction layer – codename “Atlas” – on top of it to make it even easier. But why is Charles Fitzgerald, MS’s general manager for platform technologies, saying “People who do (AJAX development) are rocket scientists"?
Yahoo goes live with My Web 2.0 (Beta), a “Social Search Engine.” My Web is sort of like Del.ico.us in that it allows you to tag pages you like, and share them with friends. Andy Baio has been beta-testing the service the last weeks.
Update: Google puts out an official statement regarding this hack, saying “This modification of Google’s open source video viewer does not compromise the integrity and security of content available from Google Video in any way. We strongly advise Google Video users to not download this modification because it could result in security vulnerabilities on their computer and may disrupt their computer’s ability to access Google Video.”
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