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Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google

“Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google’s effort to create the world’s largest digital library was violating the rights of authors and stifling competition in the busy Internet book sales market. Google declined to comment on the Authors Guild’s effort to reverse a November ruling in favor of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.” (via AP)

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Google prevails over authors in book-scanning U.S. lawsuit

“Google Inc on Thursday won dismissal of a lawsuit by authors who accused the Web search and media group of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan accepted Google’s argument that its scanning of more than 20 million books, and making “snippets” of text available for online searches, constituted “fair use” under U.S. copyright law. The judge said the massive library makes it easier for students, teachers, researchers and the public to find books, while maintaining “respectful consideration” for authors’ rights. He also said the digitization was “transformative,” and could be expected to boost rather than reduce book sales.” (via Reuters)

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Google’s Super-Speed Internet Is Off-Limits for Businesses

“Google’s ultra-high-speed internet service is for homes, not businesses. And Google wants to keep it that way. At least for now.Joe Barnhill knows this only too well. He lives in Kansas City — the first city to receive Google Fiber, an internet service that’s about 100 times faster than what you’re used to — and recently tried to build a business around the service. Google put a stop to it.” (via Wired.com)

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See Some Art While You Can — Google Will Eventually Replace Museums

“The prints in the series Anonymous Paintings are enlarged reproductions of museum artworks that have been imaged by Google Street View technology and later blurred by Google on its Art Project website. They are inkjet prints stretched on cotton panels, but they are also emblematic of the fascination that has built around Google’s Street View glitches and blurrings. Initially launched in 2011, Google Art Project was redesigned in April 2012 expanding the number of museums with the “walk-through” feature from 17 to 51. Now, you can saunter through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and The Frick Collection from your living room.” (via Wired.com)

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A Year Later, Opposition Briefs Filed in Authors Guild vs. Google

“After a delay of more than a year, the long-running Authors Guild vs. Google case is heating up again with opposition to Summary Judgment briefs filed this week in the long-running case. In its filing, Authors Guild attorneys argue that Google’s fair use analysis fails, and that its library scanning project subverts the interests of copyright holders in what it describes as a blatantly commercial attempt to “gain a competitive advantage over other search engines and to generate even greater advertising revenues.” Google counters that its scan plan is protected by fair use, and argues that the Authors Guild is wrong on both sides of the fair use question—that the AG’s suit ignores the public benefits of the program—which are real, and valuable—and that there is no evidence of any harm to copyright holders.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Google Play Textbooks to Launch this August

“Google announced today during a huge event that they were creating a new eTextbook section. Diligent young scholars will be able to both rent and buy them on Android and iOS. The new service is poised to launch this August and students will be able to save 80%, compared to physical textbooks. Right now Google has locked up Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. This will immediately give students access to hundreds of textbooks right out of the gate. Students can also search bookmarks, highlight, and switch to a “night mode” so as not to disturb a sleeping roommate.” (via Good E-Reader)

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Google, Authors Guild Back in Court

“After a nearly eight-month delay, lawyers for Google and the Authors Guild were back in court this morning. In oral arguments scheduled before a panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Google was set to argue that Judge Denny Chin’s 2012 order granting the Authors Guild’s motion for class certification should be reversed. The long-running case over Google’s library book scanning has been stayed since September, 2012, pending the Second Circuit’s review of Chin’s decision.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Google and the future of search: Amit Singhal and the Knowledge Graph

“Google has revolutionised the way we holiday, shop, work and play. Now, with Knowledge Graph, it plans to radically transform the way we search the internet… again. But some voice qualms about the company’s ambitions”

via The Guardian

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Google Analytics In Real Life – Site Search

Hilarious!

Google brings more Dead Sea Scrolls online, giving us a chance to brush up on the Ten Commandments

“Just in time for some festive debates, Google is presenting fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the world to take a closer a look at. The latest revelations are not the Christmas story, but the chance to read part of Genesis from the ancient document is an amazing opportunity for historians and the curious. About a year ago, the big G helped to put five manuscripts from the documents online. The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient writings that include the oldest known biblical manuscripts.”

via The Next Web

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