Two days before Tuesday’s Inauguration of Barack Obama, Google has updated the imagery in the Washington, DC area. According to the Google Earth Blog, the imagery for the White House and Capitol building are still from 2002, but much of the imagery in the area is dated 2008.
In addition, some of the censorship has been eased. For example, the US Naval Observatory is no longer pixelated, though it’s still somewhat blurry. That simple change helps it flow much better with the surrounding imagery without giving away too much detail. It seems like a smart way to do it.
Also, be sure to visit Google Map Mania’s list of other useful Inauguration-related Maps.