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Short Story Dispensing Machines

Lee Hadden writes:
\"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story of an entrepreneur
who has placed \"reading vending machines\" in the London Underground to sell
short stories to commuters. The stories are packaged like folded maps, and
can be read easily in a crowded subway car. The cost is one pound each
(about $1.50), and are designed so the average reader would spend about 40
minutes reading the story.
At the Baker Street Station, for example, are short stories about
Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, of course. Backers claim there is massive
potential in this market, and others claim it is the best new idea in
publishing since the paperback book. The backers of the new service want to
end the practice of commuters reading tabloids on the train.
Their website is: travelman.co.uk.


Wade Lambert. \"Publisher Puts Story Machine in London Tube.\" Wall
Street Journal. February 22, 2001, page B1, B4.

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Surfers Getting Bored With the Internet

From CNet News... According to a recent Nielsen/NetRatings report, there has been a significant drop in online usage, both at home and work, during the last quarter of 2000. Surfers seem to be getting bored with time often spent at the expense of other leisure activities like reading, watching television or hanging out with real rather than virtual acquaintences. [more...]

For another related story, Click Here

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Potter Web fans organize boycott

The USA Today has a Story on Harry Potter\'s biggest fans organizing a worldwide boycott of merchandise because stupid clueless Warner Brothers has been sending nasty letters threatening legal action over copyright violations to kids who have created fan Web sites.
have launched the Defense Against the Dark Arts project.
You would think that being owned by AOL would give Warner Bros. a clue, but they must\'ve missed that memo.

\"Our intention was never to harass fans,\" says Warner Bros.\' Diane Nelson, who adds that letters are no longer going out en masse. \"The tone of the letters did not take into account that Harry Potter is unique, and many of the recipients were innocent, young fans,\" she says. \"We would encourage anyone who believes they received it erroneously to contact us.\"

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Bess (N2H2) To Stop Selling Your Info

CNN is Reporting N2H2 has stopped selling its \"Class Clicks\" lists that report the Web sites students visit on the Internet and how much time they spend at each one. This was just a disgusting thing to do in the first place, how the hell can companies get away with this?

\"It is not the purpose of the public schools to abet corporations that spy on the Web browsing of schoolchildren,\" said Gary Ruskin of Commercial Alert, a Washington-based group targeting commercialism in schools.\"

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Questionable Advertising @ Questia???

Questia seems to be using what some might consider questionable advertising techniques, personally I\'d call it SPAM, or worse, but make up your own mind.
Steven Bell pointed out (On COLLIB-L) some interesting posts he found on the new Google Groups (the old deja.com), so I did some searching, and found some very \"interesting\" posts from \"people\" about Questia. Interesting and people are emphasized here to highlight the important words I am questioning. They seem to be spamming, a number of academic oriented newsgroups, and Ebay under what may be considered false pretenses. The people posting the messages try to make it look like they are not affiliated with Questia (most of the time), but some evidence shows this is may not be entirely true. If they are really using this type of advertising they are guilty of fraud at worst, and being a slimy corporation at best. I have sent this story along to Questia for comment, and I really hope to hear back.


Read on to see what I found.

Library officials reject Bible ban request

You may recall This Story from Feb 6th on a man\'s request to remove The Bible from The Marion County Public Library. Well, Here\'s The Follow Up As expected, library officials have rejected a request to remove the Bible from their permanent collection.


\"The Holy Bible is the source of a significant portion of western cultural expression and has been a wellspring of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians over the centuries,\" wrote Library Director Julie Sieg in denying the request.

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Up in Arms About Usenet

Wired has this article on the Google takeover of deja\'s archives. Google has temporarily taken the archive offline, and people are angry. They also believe that the coding that google is going to use for the database should be open source.\"Some suggest the best place for the archives would be the Library of Congress. But one former Deja user wants to create an open-source, community-based Usenet archive and has asked Google to contribute the programming code of the old Deja service to the open-source community and give the project full access to the Usenet archive.\"

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Boycott of ALA Marriott Conference Headquarters

If you like ALA controversies, try this one relating to their decision to use the Marriott Hotel near Moscone Center in San Francisco as the headquarters hotel for this year\'s annual conference. The decision was made quite a while ago, but not before it was widely known that Marriott was under a boycott for labor troubles. The boycott is endorsed by many important groups city officials, including the Mayor. Read on for an open letter regarding this situation.

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The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Mary H. Musgrave writes:
\"Just thought I\'d point out that last night’s episode of Futurama was partially set in a library. Seems Fry was the only \"person\"; not affected by a brain invasion that made everybody stupid. When he went looking for the \"BIG BRAIN\"; the place he thought he would find it was the Library. Sure enough, it was there and he used several literary classics to curb its powers and destroy it. The funniest part (you had to really watch to catch it) was the stereotypical librarian who was trying to shelve a book and was trying to put it back on the shelf horizontally instead of vertically. That only lasted a few seconds, but I thought it was a hoot. Hope others that didn\'t see the episode will get a chance to see it later.
Below is the info about the actual episode.

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NY Times Print Edition Going Online

Bill Lucey writes:
\"The New York Times and Newstand Inc. have agreed to provide an online
version of the New York Times print edition beginning this spring. The online
version will include all the advertisements, photos and graphics found in the
print edition. Copies will be sold on a single-copy or subscription basis.
According the New York Times, the new online version will be available at
NYTimes.com in the second quarter of the year; by the fourth
quarter it\'s expected to be available at NewsStand.com, which will
also include other major newspapers nationwide.
For more information, see: ``Times to announce Deals With Newstand, an
Online Publisher
\'\'.

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Children\'s Internet Protection Act: A Good Idea Ahead of Technology\'s Reach?

This one comes by way of Christianity Today \"What is it about the Children\'s Internet Protection Act that, for the past four months or so, had pundits and politicians tied up in knots? One might have expected the law, which requires schools and libraries that receive federal technology funds to use anti-pornography filtering software, to be met with the same praises and damnations one always hears. But that didn\'t happen this time. Instead, Republicans and social conservatives found themselves praising federal control of schools and libraries, something that\'s been anathema, since long before the Contract with America.\" [more...]

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Consumers May See Return to Anonymous Web Surfing With Help of CIA Funding

With surveys finding that a quarter of Internet users are alarmed about their loss of privacy, Internet service providers could find that a company called Safeweb, with the help of the CIA, will reassure customers about the safety of Internet surfing.

Using Safeweb also evades software that schools and libraries have installed on computers to limit Internet sites students can visit. [more...]

Library Round Ups

Now that More Than Half of The US population is online maybe libraries are more important than ever. What percentage of people get online at a library? Brian wrote \"The General Accounting Office has found that the e-rate program has $1.3 billion in unspent funds. Somehow, I don\'t think CIPA will help put the money to use.Story in Wired News\"

Of course for the kids (in the UK) there is the special toy libraries under a £6 million scheme launched by the Government and for the adults there is the Tool Library at the Grosse Pointe Central Branch Library in MI.
Not to be outdone, CA Senate bill would provide funds for libraries, an additional $66 million!

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Over $1 Billion in E-Rate Money Lost Under Reams of Bureaucratic Red Tape

Wired had this to report today on the continuing saga of the missing e-rate funds.....\"The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing schools and libraries into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent, leaving some schools without the Net access that they are entitled to. What happened to the money? [more...]

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Is Oprah\'s Book Club About More Than Feel Good Hype?

Alfred Kazin, writing in The Los Angeles Times, called Oprah\'s Book Club the \"carpet bombing of the American mind.\" Some critics disagree...
[more...]

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Clerical Aspects of Library Services De-Skilled by Information Technology

\"This article will present some personal observations of the impact of information technology on the traditional skills of librarians, drawn from experiences in the higher education sector and tainted by an obsessive interest in cataloguing. I believe that the development of information processing and communication technologies has had, is having, and will continue to have, such a profound influence on library and information services that all other factors such as finance and costs, politics, social expectations and management styles pale into insignificance.\" [more...]

Story by Gordon Dunsire

\"Impact - Journal of the Career Development Group\"

February 20, 2001

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Network Solutions Sells You Out

If you have ever registered a domain name through Network Solutions (like I did) your personal information is now being sold, no, more than sold, aggressively marketed.

There are stories at the Wall Street Journal and CNN.
You can see the ad Here, to see how they are marketing you and what should be your private information.
This really, really bothers me, and I don\'t think they are the only ones doing it. I recently registered BuffaloStories.com through someone else, and the very next day got a call from a web hosting company.

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Copyright or Copy Wrong?

Wired has a Story on The DMCA and the looming showdown in the US congress. Orrin Hatch wants to open up hearings to discuss the effects of the Napster ruling.

\"I have been troubled by the possible practical problems that may arise from this decision,\" Hatch said. \"I am troubled as a strong supporter and prime author of much of our copyright law and intellectual property rights.\"

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Consumer Reports Filtering Study Flawed?

Here is an interesting twist on the filtering study by Consumer Reports. It seems that the Information and Technology Association of America thinks that the methodology and the conclusions drawn from the study are flawed. Make your own judgements. Read the ITAA press release here, and an article on the whole shebang here.\"\"Like automobile seat belts, filtering software is not 100 percent effective, said ITAA President Harris Miller. \"But no responsible adult allows family members to drive without first buckling up. We think kids should be as safe as possible, whether they are rolling down the road or cruising through cyberspace.\".

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