Judge Rejects Google Books Settlement

Adding another chapter to a long, drawn-out legal saga, a New York federal district court has rejected the controversial settlement in a class-action suit brought against Google Books by the Authors Guild, a publishing industry trade group.

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The Googlization of Books

As the wait for a decision on the Google Book Settlement approaches the one-year mark, PW talks with the author of the forthcoming book, The Googlization of Everything, about the Internet giant's expanding dominance. Excerpt: In his new book, The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry) (Univ. of California Press) Vaidhyanathan explores the young company's increasingly dominant role not just online but in our lives. "What is most fascinating about Google to me is its effect on us," the author tells PW. "Its effect on the media business is interesting, but I wanted to write a book that could inform a casual Google user about some of the hazards and habits of Google. In that sense, my book is much more about us than it is about Google. In fact, the critical faults of the story I tell are ours, because we've become so addicted to getting more stuff, faster, for free." Full piece at Publisher's Weekly

Google Revamps Search Engine to Fight Cheaters

From the Wall Street Journal


Google Inc., long considered the gold standard of Internet search, is changing the secret formula it uses to rank Web pages as it struggles to combat websites that have been able to game its system.

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Google Digitizes Back Issues of 'Spy' Magazine

The defunct satirical publication that launched a thousand magazine careers and dodged a thousand lawsuits is now available digitally — thanks to Google.

One minute piece on NPR

Searchable archive of Spy Magazine on Google

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On Google Darwinism

I have a picture around here somewhere of several circles contained within each other of decreasing order, but I can't find it, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

But the point I tried to make with that picture is that the largest circle represents the whole of human knowledge.

And within that circle is one for Google and all search engines and their ability to find and index the available digital subset of all human knowledge.

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Communication Google Style: Interactivity and Trust

Article in current Online by Jill O'Neill that looks at Google Wave and Google Buzz and their impact on communication and information dissemination.

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Google Art Project

Google has done search, email, documents, video, and now...


From the Alte Nationalgalerie of Berlin to the Metropolitan in New York to the National Gallery of London, Google has taken extremely high resolution images of some of the most famous artwork and put it online. View the artwork online and create your own gallery of favourites.

Learn more at the Google Art Project.

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing’s relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google’s own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google’s test.

Trending Terms, Digital Books & Historical Data Crunching

NPR's OnPoint Radio program today looks at Google and the way of words. They look at what 500 years of word usage tells us about our culture with the Google NGram Viewer. It airs live today, Wednesday December 22nd at 11:00 AM EST with an online stream and will be available later in the day as a podcast.

Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words

A searchable database of more than 500 billion words from millions of books published over the past four centuries is now online. Researchers say the tool, which is a collection of words and phases stripped of all context except the date in which they appeared, is a powerful way to study cultural change.

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