Google has announced that its recently acquired company Skybox, known for its high-quality satellite imaging, is to begin giving away satellite images to help people do goo things. But don't worry: you'll be able to see them too.
Today, Skybox Imaging announced it's being bought by Google for a cool $500 million in cash. Known for its high-resolution satellite imagery and video, Skybox's fleet of satellites could make Google Earth a whole lot crisper—and help fulfill Google's vision of worldwide satellite-based internet access.
Static, low-res satellite imagery is so passé. Watching HD video from space satellites is the future, especially when looking down on the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
Mary Jo Foley's got the roadmap for Microsoft's MobileMe-like Skybox service for mobile phones over the next year or so. Skybox 1.0 and 1.5 are standard syncing services, but 2.0 sounds incredible.
Next month at MWC, Microsoft's cloud services will crash to earth: SkyBox, SkyLine and SkyMarket. Neowin says that SkyBox is Microsoft's answer to Apple's MobileMe, the killer being that it's maybe for non-Windows Mobile phones.