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Google Earth re-invented for new era

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps. "This is our gift to the world," Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP an early look at the new version of the program that lets people range the planet from the comfort of their computers, smartphones or tablets. "It's a product that speaks to our deepest values around education and making information available to people."…

South Korea rejects Google request to take govt mapping data out of country

SEOUL: South Korea said on Friday it has rejected Google's latest request for permission to use government mapping data in servers outside the country, citing security issues with North Korea. Google, an Alphabet company, has said it needs to use the data on servers worldwide to enable services that would give walking and driving directions in South Korea. "We're disappointed by this decision," Google spokesman Taj Meadows said in a statement, adding that the company remains hopeful it will be able to provide people in…