I have the same problem as is described here but that question doesn't have an answer and its OP doesn't seem like they will ever answer the arisen questions.
sudo apt install on Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit.
~/.xinputrc didn't change anything. When I log into a different account (account on my machine, that is – I don't think the commenter meant a different Google account (I didn't log into any Google account)), I experience the exact same problem.
It's not like a glitch which occurs for a few seconds and then vanishes. Google Earth just isn't 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.