At about the time that the AP published a story about how cool, useful and interesting some of the hacks using Google Maps/satellite images are, word that G had sent a takedown notice to the developers of one such service, gMerge, a service that created wallpaper from Google Maps.
It looks like that the Google developers “heard” what Google had to say and have removed the service from the web.
Of course, Google’s satellite images and hacks are cool. However, they’re not the only ones out there providing useful satellite tools. I’ve posted in the past about TerraFly (click on a satellite image, get local info) and World Wind, an open source tool that allows you to interact with satellite images from different repositories.