Via C|Net comes word (Link) of a new version of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth. Seems as if the race between Google and MS to create the most compelling, interactive 3D version of the planet is progressing nicely, as both seem to have unique advantages over the other. Of course, the thing most people want to know is when will they support avatars. No mention of that, but there is an accompanying video (Link) and a short but nice slideshow (Link). That’ll have to do for now.