August 29, 2014

Behavior Data vs. Patron Privacy: Productive Discomfort | Peer to Peer Review

Dorothea Salo

I’ve finally dumped Gmail forever. Though the process took quite some time—moving mailing-list subscriptions, changing profiles on websites that knew me by my Gmail address, extracting the messages I needed to keep, and similar chores—the relief of a little more freedom from Google’s privacy-invasive data mining has been well worth the trouble for me. I want as little as possible to do with a company that allegedly thinks trawling and keeping behavior-profile data from college students’ school-mandated, school-purchased email accounts without notice or consent is in some way ethical.

New Online: Google Glass Preview Video

Here’s a new preview video (supplied by Google) of what it looks like when wearing a pair of the glasses.  You’ll also here people using voice activated commands (e.g. “record a video”) to accomplish different tasks. A few static images are also available here.  Want to get a pair…soon? You’ll need to become a Google [...]

Google and the FTC | Peer to Peer Review

With a company mission statement that reads “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” charges of antitrust in business dealings might seem unexpected. Yet Google has been investigated over complaints of unfair business practices both in the United States and Europe. This is because of what is […]

Successful Gigabit Campaign Brings Blazing Internet Service to Kansas City Libraries

Successful Gigabit Campaign Brings Blazing Internet Service to Kansas City Libraries

Google’s entry into the Internet provider business in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO, is moving ahead, thanks to a last-minute rally by community groups earlier this month that will enable about 89 percent of both cities to access the service – including many public libraries and schools.

GBS: Google Wins Stay From U.S. Appeals Court on E-Books Case

From Bloomberg: Google Inc. (won a bid to delay a copyright lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America over the company’s plans to digitally scan millions of books while it appeals a decision that allows the plaintiffs to sue as a class. U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan [...]

Google Allowed to Appeal Class Action Status of Authors Guild Case

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will allow Google to appeal the class action status of the seven-year old Google Inc. v. Authors Guild case, the court announced in an order this morning. Decertifying the case would force Author’s Guild members who dispute the digitization of their works to sue Google individually. Google has argued that many authors have benefited economically from its Google Books project, and whether a scan violated copyright or was protected under fair use doctrine should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Fair Use Panel Cautions Against Adopting Georgia State Ruling as Definitive | ALA Annual 2012

Highlighting a number of cases and rulings covering digital fair use— including the recent Georgia State ereserves verdict as well as Authors Guild vs. Google, Authors Guild vs. HathiTrust, and AIME vs. UCLA – the “Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media” panel at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA played to a standing-room only room eager for expert analysis on which direction the library fair use winds are blowing.

Google Debuts New Service for Libraries at ALA Conference | ALA Annual 2012

The Internet giant takes a small table and pitches a free map service.

Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration

The iriver Story HD, the first ereader to be integrated with the Google eBooks platform, will be going on sale this weekend (initially only at Target department stores and Target.com) on July 17. The ereader will allow wi-fi search and purchase of any of the nearly three million ebooks in the Google eBookstore, and will […]

The British Library and Google to Digitize and Make Freely Available 250,000 Books

The British Library and Google announced a partnership today to digitze 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the library’s collections that will be available to anyone who wants to do research. Over the coming years, the content will be delivered free through Google Books and the British Library’s website. Google will pay all costs. This project will […]