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Webinar Next Week on Google Library Project Settlement

Advance registration for the webinar scheduled Wednesday, July 29, 2 pm ET Time – 60 minutes.

The webinar is being promoted for publishers, but hey, why shouldn't librarians attend too...sponsors are Google (of course), AAP and PW.
Here's Google's blurb about it:

"In a webinar first, the leaders involved with the crafting of the Google Library Project Settlement will share with the publishing industry the benefits of the agreement for publishers and authors. If approved by the Court in October, the agreement will create one of the most far-reaching intellectual, cultural, and commercial platforms for access to digital books for the reading public, while granting publishers unprecedented opportunities and protections. Presented in collaboration with Google, The Association of American Publishers, and Publishers Weekly, the web session is a must-attend event for publishers everywhere."

2 Lines Of Code, A Very Simple Answer To Newspaper and Magazine Publishers Problems

Last week, a group of newspaper and magazine publishers signed a declaration stating that "Universal access to websites does not necessarily mean access at no cost," and that they "no longer wish to be forced to give away property without having granted permission." As Google Points out, the answer is simple:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

"If a webmaster wants to stop us from crawling a specific page, he or she can do so by adding '' to the page. In short, if you don't want to show up in Google search results, it doesn't require more than one or two lines of code."

Give Your Input On the Google Book Search Settlement

Publishers Weekly would like your input on the Google Book Search Settlement (from PW) and they are conducting a survey designed to gather a broad view of how the Settlement is being viewed. For details on the proposed settlement (from Google), click here.

If you're interested, take a few minutes to answer this brief, targeted questionnaire to help gauge industry opinion on whether the settlement should be approved, modified or rejected. Note that you do not have to have standing in the suit to participate in the survey.

Please click on this link when you are ready to take the survey.

Should Google Be Allowed to Monopolize "Orphan" Books?

Google may be guilty of antitrust violations for its Book Search initiative, reported several newswire services on Monday. The Department of Justice has opened an investigation of the search giant's settlement with the Author's Guild as of Thursday. But wait a minute--didn't Google settle that lawsuit for $45 million? What's the problem, Justice?

Is Google actually making us smarter?

Pandemics. Global warming. Food shortages. No more fossil fuels. What are humans to do? The same thing the species has done before: evolve to meet the challenge. But this time we don’t have to rely on natural evolution to make us smart enough to survive. We can do it ourselves, right now, by harnessing technology and pharmacology to boost our intelligence. Is Google actually making us smarter?

Will Google's Book Scan Project Transform Academia?

Full video here.

James J. Duderstadt discusses the University of Michigan's participation in Google's Book Scan project. Dunderstadt argues that academics are starting to realize that knowledge "should be given away to the world as a public good."

Google Apps Are Out of Beta

After more than five years of sporting a BETA tag, Gmail and all the other Google Apps have been deemed ready for prime time. Google software has become a trusted part of millions of lives but all of them: Calendar, Chat, Docs, and more have worn the beta tag ever since opening to the public.

Obviously, this doesn't mean that Google is going to just stop working with these web applications and they're already hinting at new improvements that are soon to come.

More from the Official Google Blog.

Google Improves Book Search Service

Google’s plans to expand the scope of its Book Search service are running into static. A class action settlement with publishers and authors over Google’s book-scanning project appears to be facing a growing tide of opposition.

In the meantime, Google said Thursday that it is improving its existing Book Search service, introducing a series of new features that are aimed at making searching and reading books easier.

“Today I’m excited to announce that we’re rolling out changes to Google Books that give readers and book lovers everywhere new ways to interact with the words and images contained within the books we’ve brought online,” Brandon Badger, a product manager, wrote on a company blog.

Full piece here.

Google library a windfall for authors

Australian authors and publishers are set to receive a windfall from Google's project to put millions of books online.

In recent weeks several Australian publishing industry bodies, such as the Australian Society of Authors, the Copyright Agency Limited and the Australian Publishers' Association, have been contacting members to let them know about the settlement Google has reached with American authors and publishers.

Google and Tiananmen Square

Google's introduction of Google.cn, a censored search engine for Chinese users, caused an uproar in the U.S. Just how different are the results for controversial keywords using Google.cn?

See answer on FrontLine website.

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