Seemingly buying up things all over the place, Google has acquired 3D modelling company @last. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The company's 3D modelling software SketchUp may well have benefits for Google Earth - a service that combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
'Google's resources will allow us to serve our current users better, and Google's reach will allow us to expose more people to SketchUp in one year than we could have touched in ten years on our own. "3D for Everyone" is becoming a reality; we're bringing the "3D" part; Google's contributing the "Everyone."', wrote @Last's founder, Brad Schell.