At one end of the scale some might suggest Google’s move into travel search (via the ITA Software acquisition and subsequentÂ launch of Flight Search and continued roll-out of Hotel Finder) followed Microsoft’s purchase and integration of Farecast into Bing.
And now Google, two years after Microsoft, has worked out a way of stitching together some of the user generated photos it has collected through Panoramio and PicasaÂ to create 3D-lite image tours of destinations and attractions around the world.
Microsoft had a ready-made method of doing it, through its cutting edge (at the time) PhotoSynth technology, now Google has produced something similar.
Users (only on GL-enabled Google Maps) can now zoom in on certain destinations on the service and be given a tour by way of images streamed in and smartly placed together to give more than one view.
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