Google won an important patent dispute recently regarding the 3D mapping technology that powers Google Earth. The lawsuit was presented by Skyline Software Systems Inc. who argued that Keyhole Inc., which Google bought and its technology powers Google Earth, infringed their patent.
"From the beginning, we felt confident that Google Earth's technology does not infringe Skyline's patent," Google spokesman Ricardo Reyes said Wednesday.
On a related note, a new feature for Google Maps was announced today. Now you can see photos of different locations, buildings, and things related to them. Lets say you’re going to a restaurant, you can look it up in Google Maps and check out pictures of their dishes first. If you are a business owner you can upload pictures of your business for other to see through Google’s Local Business Center.