Update: Added some green lines, because some people weren't convinced!
In IE six it looked like it was working for a second and then a non-transparent sphere image was overlayed and it now looks the same as the non-working Firefox version except no transparent png support.
Another semi transparent cloud layer would be cool too.
This is on FF 3.0.10 and the globe appeared instantly by the way, it's a bit slow but still very impressive work!
Maybe dive into canvas next time. :)
Then I allowed both willmcgugan.com and googleapis.com. Duh!
Then I got a cool rendering of the globe with occassional fat, green longitude markers.
It even moves from west to east, toward the rising sun! That's better than NBC News' managed, and it took them a lo-o-o-ong time to fix it.
Would a spherical top (basketball, …) spin faster? Only if a simpler image meant fewer pixels to bash, I suppose.
Why is this required?
( at the beginning without reload just white ball )
Can you scale this for fullscreen usage and some drag functionality and marking ( eg whats on the otherside? )
PS.: JS is always hard work someway ^^