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Law Librarian Blog: Some Thoughts on the DOJ Lawsuit Against Apple and the Publishers

Mark Giangrande:

Law Librarian Blog: Some Thoughts on the DOJ Lawsuit Against Apple and the Publishers http://t.co/nrAR8jB5...

 

[...]"Apple simply doesn’t want to get into a pricing war with Amazon. The most favored nation clause in Apple's contract with publishers was a way to avoid that and preserve book sales on the iOS platform. As Google plans to create Android tablets, and as Microsoft’s Metro tablets and phones penetrate the market, so will their stores. These billion dollar entities can decide whether they want a price war on digital goods to promote their platforms. That’s the marketing world the publishers face. It’s time they should get used to it. Consumers are buying Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Content, sadly, is secondary."

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Cyberpunk Librarian: Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History

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Daniel Messer:

Cyberpunk Librarian: "Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History (RT @TheLiB: If you're a librarian, you don't want to be logged in to Google when you're doing searches for your users."

 

"... the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted a how to on removing your search data from Google and why you should. [...] What I’m going to do is build on that for a second and tell you why you as a librarian need to remove that data.

I use Google all day, every day. I’m sure you do too. I don’t know about you, but I’m also signed into Google while I’m doing it. I check my Gmail, I’m dealing with Google+, setting up appointments using Google Calendar, and so on.

And I’m also searching for information regarding patron queries while I’m signed in. What that means is that there is data within my own data set that has nothing to do with me. There are laws, ethics, and all kinds of reasons why patron information is confidential and, until March 1, 2012, that information on Google is confidential. After March 1st, Google will use that data to build a better Google which means offering you better ads, recommending videos, and that kind of thing.

But that data isn’t mine, or at least part of it isn’t mine. It’s data that was generated helping a library patron. I propose to you that such data, for all intents and purposes, belongs to the patron. That data wouldn’t have been generated if not for the patron, just like a library card wouldn’t have been generated if a patron hadn’t applied for one. Since we, as librarians, are tasked with protecting patron information, we need to protect that information too."

 

Electronic Frontier post here: www.eff.org/ ;

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Libraries on Google+ — The Digital Shift

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RT @perkoch: RT @resourceshelf: Libraries on Google+: From The Digital Shift : http://t.co/OcUcB0ZJ...

 

"Google’s popular social networking site, Google+, was launched in June of this year, and has since built up a membership of more than 40 million users. But only earlier this month did Google begin allowing organizations, and not just individuals, to create their own pages on the site. In the past few weeks, dozens of libraries have created Google+ pages, from large public libraries such as the New York Public Library, to smaller, tech-savvy ones like Darien Library, CT, and Skokie Public Library, IL. Several academic libraries have staked out Google+ pages, as well."

 

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Thanks, Web User: You're a Part-Time Internet Archivist

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Ghana Politics - Latest news, Sport, Showbiz, Science, Education, Business, Entertainment and Health Stories around the world (Thanks, Web User: You're a Part-Time Internet Archivist #cnn http://t.co/7c95XryF...)

 

The Google Books project has vastly improved the quality of digitized text, thanks in part to those curvy, sometimes colorful words on the web that are filled out 200 million times a day, explained Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Luis von Ahn, the inventor of the reCAPTCHA system.

 

“Humans, at least non-visually impaired humans, have no problem readings these distorted characters. But computer programs can’t do it as well yet,” von Ahn told FoxNews.com.

 

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Librarians go viral! Quote Google vs librarians

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nypl: “ Librarians go viral! This amazing quote is printed on a carpet at the Duke University Medical Center Library. The folks there posted it to their Facebook page, where it got picked up and...
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5 Reasons Librarians are Better than Search Engines. - LIS Links : A Virtual Community of Indian LIS Professionals

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search engines have come a long way since the 1990s, but they have not reached the capabilities that would put them kin to a librarian.  What skills and knowle… (5 Reasons Librarians are Better than Search Engines.)...
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Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project launched via funding by Google Cultural Institute

Their [...] "aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment."

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Advanced Google Image Search -Finding Creative Commons Images

Learn how to find free copyright images using Google Advanced Search.


Via k3hamilton, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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One Google Books To Rule Them All?

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"Hellzapoppin' in the world of intellectual property rights these days.

 

In 2002, Google began scanning the world's 130 million or so books in preparation for the "secret 'books' project" that eventually became Google Books. In 2004, they began offering access to these scans, displaying the irritatingly-named "snippets" of books in their search results. And in no time at all, they were getting sued by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers for copyright infringement.

These lawsuits, plus two more that were filed subsequently against Google, resulted in a six-year rollercoaster ride that, like all good roller coasters, exhilarated, terrified and rattled all the participants, and ended by thumping their quaking bods to a halt, last March, in very nearly the same place from which they'd started out.

But during that time the world had changed, and an altogether new way of bringing printed books into the digital commons had emerged.

Enter the nonprofit alternative for bringing the world's books online for all readers: the newly-funded Digital Public Library of America."

 

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The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company

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From left: The late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Larry Page, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

 

Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.

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How to Build a Desk Statistics Tracker in Less Than an Hour #libraries

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Sunshine Carter and Thomas Ambrosi explain how they were able to build a workable system after years of delay in less than an hour using Forms in Google Docs.
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Judge extends time for Google digital library deal

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Lawyers ‘making progress’ but agreed to proceed toward a trial of the 6-year-old copyright case on a slow track (Judge extends time for Google digital library deal - http://t.co/6GTz6Wat...)...
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