Here's a way to peruse the globe while getting regional updates.
New York Times "placemarks" will appear on maps where there's relevant news, and showing the New York Times layer in the software will show a window with a month's worth of headlines, Google's LatLong blog said.
Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz said the company is open to partnerships with other media outlets and that extending such a feature to Google Maps--a much more widely used service than the Google Earth software--"would be a logical progression," though the company has nothing to announce right now.
Google's interest in extending this to Google Maps is not only natural, it's a lot more exciting. Naturally if you want to use the new service, you have to make sure you have the latest version of Google Earth, 4.2 beta.