Encountered a strange anomaly using Google Earth 188.8.131.5273 (Build date: 6/25/2012) for Mac: If I entered either Glendale, CA or Burbank, CA, as my locations, the software would freeze and I would have to Force Quit after I clicked the Search button. However, the search tool worked flawlessly without freezing if I performed identical searches using Google Earth for Windows.
I opened Console.app and noted the following error messages:
9/3/12 3:29:44 PM [0x0-0x1f51f5].com.Google.GoogleEarthPlus Google Earth(17741,0xa0279540) malloc: *** error for object 0x284c9750: pointer being freed was not allocated
9/3/12 3:29:49 PM [0x0-0x1f51f5].com.Google.GoogleEarthPlus [0905/152949:WARNING:backend_impl.cc(1795)] Destroying invalid entry.
In view of the nature of the above problem, I plan to rely on Google Earth for Windows until Google releases an update to its Mac version.