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Street View, Google’s eye-level, panoramic sight-seeing map enhancement, has added four new cities: San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston and Orlando.

Simply go to one of these cities in Google Maps and click on the “StreetView” button. The new imagery was announced at the Google LatLong blog today.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that Microsoft and NASA have developed a Photosynth tour of the space shuttle Endeavor. Microsoft’s Photosynth technology stiches images together to create on-line Gigapixel imaging.

You can examine the shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center. “You can explore, walk around or fly around the shuttle,” said Adam Sheppard, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, which developed the viewer.

Chris Kemp, director of strategic business development at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said that NASA could use the Photosynth technology on future space missions for activities such as inspecting the International Space Station and viewing landing sites on the moon.”

Why all the graphics news this week? SIGGRAPH 2007 is holding forth, August 7-9th in San Diego. Check out the emerging technologies, exhibitors, speakers, panels, papers and
computer animation festival.

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