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You there -- Anonymous -- You Could Be Fingered by Google

A blogger stripped of her anonymity by the US courts has said she plans to sue Google for handing over her real identity.

Rosemary Port, a 29-year-old fashion student from New York, has said she will file a $15m (£9m) lawsuit against the internet giant after it complied with an order from a US court to reveal that she was behind the vitriolic "Skanks in NYC" blog.

The case erupted last week after the Manhattan Supreme Court ruled that Google must hand over the identity of the writer, who had targeted 36-year-old model Liskula Cohen online and called her a "psychotic, lying, whoring... skank".

Cohen had filed a lawsuit demanding that the writer's identity be revealed, an argument that judge Joan Madden agreed with. Guardian UK , Salon, New York Post report.

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Google 1, France 0

French pride took a knock today with news that the National Library is giving up a four-year fight for a Gallic riposte to Google and bowing to the might of the Californian search giant.

"Google has won", said the front-page headline in La Tribune newspaper. It reported that the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) is on the verge of a deal under which Google will add its stocks to its controversial digital library. More from Times Online.

Google is using print ads

Google is using billboards to promote Google Apps (those online collaboration tools like email, calendars, mobile access, etc.) to business and comparing their products directly with Microsoft.

I hope these aren't those new super-bright lighted billboards that outshine the brake lights of the cars ahead of me on the highway.

The photos look like printed billboards.

Search Questions often Both Wacky and Weird

From MSN: “Search engines have pretty much transformed the way people get information,” says Patricia Wallace, psychologist and senior director of information technology at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

“If you had a crazy question like ‘Why did my toenail fall off?’ 10 years ago, what would you have done? You might have gone to the library or maybe asked your doctor in an embarrassed sort of way, but you probably wouldn’t have asked a friend.”

Search engines, however, have become everybody’s favorite friend and confidante, a reliable ally that never flinches or judges or tells you you’re acting like a perv. "

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."

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