i blogged about it here:
panoramio blog mentions it here:
deal expected to close in the next 2 weeks.
not bad going for a site that only 1 and a half years old!
Will Panoramio and Picasa Web Albums be like Youtube and Google Video?
And what about Geotagging in Picasa2, the standalone application?
for me , the current google earth isn't immersive enough.
i wouldnt be surprised if we see the development and release of a quake engine (or similar) powered client, using Google Earth data.
multiplayer death matches in downtown New York perhaps.
or 3d adventure games in Japan?
Google provide the "level" data – the environment – you just build the weapons, the nature of the game, the rules. a google game builder language maybe.
(this could, perhaps, extend googles reach into the game console world...)
> This is excellent news, as it means that Panoramio will now be able
> to start using the immense Google infrastructure for the delivery of
> user submitted photos.
Hah! Pyra labs said something like that when Blogger was bought out too, but Blogger stayed slow as treacle for years.
blogger is still slow as treacle some days.
but panoramio might work – there's less data involved – its just a picture,geo co-ordinates and user data.
I wonder when these tagged user-submitted photos will start showing up on Google Maps?