Week 7 & 8 : Factiva Expanded 20%, OCLC Builds Sites For Small Libraries, Inkling Habitat Competes with iBooks,Driverless Cars in Nevada?

There is a lot to cover in the combined post for week 7 & 8.

Craig Silverstein, Larry & Sergey’s First Hire, Quits Google ( Search Engine Watch)
This is not library related but I thought that it will be interesting to learn more about Google's first employee leaving the company.

Factiva Expands Content (ResourceShelf)
In 2011 Factiva's expanded its database business coverage around 20 %.

OCLC Website for Small Libraries project makes getting on the Web easy and fast for small libraries (Library Technology Guides)
Using OCLC's Website for Small Libraries Project, libraries with collections of 20,000 items or less can now setup their own website and make their collection available on the web ," setting up users, checking materials in and out, placing holds, and providing library contact, location, service and event information."

An Answer To Apple: Inkling Creates First Industrial-Grade Publishing Platform For Interactive eBooks (TechCrunch)
Inkling Habitat, founded by an ex-Apple employee, the start up promises to give professional publishers " an industrial, or enterprise, platform that includes everything they need to create and publish interactive content for both the iPad and HTML5-based web content."

Google applauds as Nevada approves rules for driverless cars ( Googling Google)
Obviously Google's plans to develop driverless cars is in sync with Nevada's legislators.

OCLC adds 500,000 records to WorldCat from China Academic Library and Information System( OCLC News)
Catalogers are probably very happy with the news that OCLC has added 500,000 records from 1987 to 2001 to WorldCat from the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS)

Are Passwords Becoming Obsolete? ( ReadWriteWeb)
An interesting look into modern authentication alternatives.

New Jersey: Three-Year Study Asserts Benefits of School Libraries on Student Learning ( INFOdocket)
“The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school librarians contribute in rich and diverse ways to the intellectual life of a school, and to the development of students who can function in a complex and increasingly digital information environment,” said Dr. Ross Todd, lead researcher in the study and CISSL director

New York Public Libraries Revive $1 Billion Plan to Overhaul Branches and Fifth Avenue Flagship ( INFOdocket )
A must read for every librarian in New York City who is interested in the transformation plans of the largest library system.

Microsoft Launches Buzz Tracking Service (ResourceShelf)
msnNOW, is a new Microsoft service which presents to users the most shared content on the Web from Facebook and Twitter.

LexisNexis Creates Apps for iPad and iPhone (ResourceShelf)
LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk) has created an iPad and iPhone app.

BookType Lets You Self-Publish Books for Kindle or Any Other Platform, Including Print( ReadWriteWeb)
In addition to Inkling Habitat and Apple's iBooks, there is now a new a self-published, open source and collaborative authoring tool for creating e-books, called BookType.

Thomson Reuters Launches Datastream Professional (ResourceShelf)
This post will be of interest for business librarians because Datastream Professional integrates macroeconomic research and fundamental analysis.

EBSCO Publishing Releases MEDLINE Complete(ResourceShelf)
MEDLINE Complete, a full text of more than 1,850 journals is now part of EBSCO.

Beyond Facebook: The Rise Of Interest-Based Social Networks (TechCrunch)
Customers are now getting tired of Facebook and Twitter and are now looking into different kind of experience: the interest-based social networks Pinterest (online pinboard) , Instagram (photo sharing), Thumb (opinion community), Foodspotting (find & recommend food)

Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program (TechCrunch)
Personalized online news experience through different applications, I think this is a model that most newspapers should follow.

Google Allows 'Do-Not-Track' Browser Button (ResourceShelf)
Google will embed a "do-not- track" tom allow users restricting the amount of data collected.

Apple, Google, And Others Agree To Mobile App Privacy Policy Guidelines (TechCrunch)
Apple, Google, Microsoft,Amazon, HP and RIM have agreed to provide users with a privacy policy if the one of their apps collects personal information in California.

Open Knowledge Releases Open Data Handbook 1.0 ( ReadWriteWeb)
The post is a good resource of info for anyone interested in open data.

Bing Launches Linked Pages, Promises Better People Search Results (Search Engine Land)
Bing is now allowing customers to “link” search results to their personal profiles and activities, blogs, companies, Wikipedia pages, my LinkedIn profiles ..etc.

Australia to Make Health Research Open Access (NFOdocket)
Interesting decision: it looks like Australia is taking the opposite approach and opening access to all health related research.

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