I have the same problem as is described here but that question does not have an answer and its OP does not seem like they will ever answer the arisen questions.
sudo apt install on Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit.
~/.xinputrc did not change anything. When I log into a different account (account on my machine, that is – I do not think the commenter meant a different Google account (I did not log into any Google account)), I experience the exact same problem.
It is not like a glitch which occurs for a few seconds and then vanishes. Google Earth just is not usable because the map never shows up. It always shows the controls, part of the splash screen, and whatever was in the background when the application was launched.