Google Does It Again: New Library Projects

The NY Times reports on a pending announcement from Google about new digitization partnerships with libraries.

Google plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.


ACS Sues Google Over "Scholar" Use

The American Chemical Society, publishers of Chemical Abstracts and its online version SciFinder Scholar, has filed a trademark infringement claim against Google Scholar. Slashdot has some discussion.


New From Google: Google Suggest

Google has a new product, Google Suggest out in Beta. There's an FAQ that describes this new service: "As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time. Google Suggest might offer suggestions that you will find novel or intriguing. "
Me, I just want an answer to a question most of the time, this seems like a nifty idea to reach that goal.
Your browser must be Internet Explorer 6.0 (or newer), Netscape 7.1 (or newer), Mozilla 1.4 (or newer), Firefox 0.8 (or newer), Opera 7.54 (or newer), or Safari 1.2.2 (or newer). You'll also need to have both JavaScript and cookies enabled.


Google groups brands Usenet further

deborah writes "When Google bought Deja years ago, they plastered the Google brand all over Usenet. Now they're going even further, with the roll-out of the new Google Groups, which appears to combine Usenet searching with a Google mailing list / bulletin board system, ala Yahoo! Groups. There's so much rubbish in Usenet these days that it probably won't be too harmful a dilution, since knowledgeable searchers should be able to look in specific groups and trees, still. I hope."

It should be pointed out Slashdot reports Google backed off its beta of Google Groups within 24 hours of making it mandatory for all users.


Google feeling click fraud heat

madcow writes "CNN's Money site talks about Google's problems with "Click fraud" to pump up ad stats. "...that occurs when individuals click on ad links that appear next to search results in order to force advertisers to pay for the clicks."

Read here."


The magic that makes Google tick

Anonymous Patron writes "Really Neat ZDNet Australia Piece on the Googleplex. The numbers alone are enough to make your eyes water.

Over four billion Web pages, each an average of 10KB, all fully indexed.

Up to 2,000 PCs in a cluster.

Over 30 clusters.

104 interface languages including Klingon and Tagalog.

One petabyte of data in a cluster -- so much that hard disk error rates of 10-15 begin to be a real issue.

Sustained transfer rates of 2Gbps in a cluster.

An expectation that two machines will fail every day in each of the larger clusters.

No complete system failure since February 2000.

It is one of the largest computing projects on the planet, arguably employing more computers than any other single, fully managed system (we're not counting distributed computing projects here), some 200 computer science PhDs, and 600 other computer scientists.

And it is all hidden behind a deceptively simple, white, Web page that contains a single one-line text box and a button that says Google Search."


Google Scholar (A New Google Beta)

Google is moving into the world of libraries in a big way From the About Page:
"Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web."

Check out and see what you think. There's Brief Mention on Reuters, as well as The AP.


Google bought Keyhole

mdoneil writes "Google announced that it bought Keyhole . If you have never used Keyhole it is like Terraserver on steroids.

Now don't go downloading and trying Keyhole it will only slow down my connection, but I think the influx of cash after google's IPO will bring more things like this to us and if you will pardon the business-speak leverage the power of the Internet."


Oh Google! - Saves Kidnapped Journalist in Iraq writes "

Google Saves Kidnapped Journalist in IraqGoogle can claim another life saved after a kidnapped Australian journalist was freed by his captors in Iraq earlier today. Freelance journalist John Martinkus was abducted by gunmen on Saturday outside a hotel near the Australian embassy. Apparently Martinkus was able to convince his captors that he was a journalist and not a CIA agent, a claim easily confirmed by a quick Google search.



ALA President Weighs in On New Google DESKTOP Program

Update: 10/19 10:35 EST by B: Headline and text corrected as per comment (thanks to griffey and apologies to all)/

From comes another analysis of the pros and cons of the new Google Desktop Tool. People who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google's free new tool that indexes a PC's contents for quickly locating data.

Among others quoted in the article, director of El Paso (TX) libraries and ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano said,

"We do our best to protect our patrons and computers and network, but as you can imagine, thousands of people can use public computers in a given week."

The new Google tool would not only aid people in spying on past patrons on public PCs.

The power of Google's software relies on centralizing what's already saved on computers; most browsers, for instance, have a built-in cache that keeps copies of web pages recently visited. The difference is that Google's index is permanent, though users can delete items individually. And the software makes all the items easier to find.



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