Google is apparently to shut down its Russian engineering offices. It follows the announcement of new laws which will require websites to store user data about Russian citizens within the country's borders.
Google has begun rolling out much-improved 3D images to Google Earth. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res treatment, but we should see this update rolling out for more cities around the world in 2015.
Google News is closing in Spain. Why? It is the direct result of the new Copyright Law approved in the country which forces Google to pay a "tax" to all the traditional media firms for appearing in Google News.