Here's the latest from the Google Earth team: reading the news geographically. If you log onto Google Earth and peruse the layers menu, you'll find a little "Google News" bug. Check the box next to it, and you can roam the digital globe, looking for widgets that hover over any city you're interested in. Clicking the widget will summon a box that summarizes the major news events of that city or region, as well as flashing links for more information. The function also tells you something about which parts of the world produce the most noteworthy moments in daily life -- at least, the most noteworthy according to Google's algorithms.