Google has gathered so much data, in so many areas, that it’s now crunching it together and creating features that Apple can’t make—surrounding Google Maps with a moat of time
Google’s is in fact making data out of data:
Google’s buildings are byproducts of its Satellite/Aerial imagery. And some of Google’s places are byproducts of its Street View imagery.
For a different take on Google Earth’s 3D imagery, watch this video from the [Nat and Friends]: