Week 48: Google Wants Court To Dismiss Book-Scanning Suit,Japanese Libraries At All Time High, New Firefox Version With Facebook Chat

With only a few days to cover before Thanksgiving, week 48 is for sure the shortest one we have to write about.

Google asks court to ax book-scanning suit from Authors Guild (Library Link of the Day)
Backed with survey, which shows that most author will benefit from scanning their books, Google is now trying to convince the court that "the case should be decided on a per-book basis"

Japan: “Public Libraries Are Thriving” (INFOdocket)
"That Japanese public libraries are thriving may come as no surprise to anyone, but an education ministry report found that the number of books checked out by elementary school children from the 3,274 public libraries nationwide reached an average of 26 per child in fiscal 2010. That is up from 18.8 in 2007, a significant and commendable upswing to the highest level ever."

New PA Study Shows Full-time School Librarian Boosts Student Achievement( New Stephen's Lighthouse )
Who is surprised by this study? Of course, students will score higher on their test, if they have access to a certified librarian.

Firefox 17 Launches With New Social API, Preview Of Facebook Messenger Integration(TechCrunch)
With the API integration of Facebook Messenger, the latest version of Firefox now brings Facebook chat to customers.

Google Smashes U.S. Search Market Share Record, Closes in on 70% (Search Engine Watch)
Google hits a new record with 66.9 % of all searches performed in the U.S

Microsoft Reportedly Plans Stripped Down Xbox Set-Top Box To Compete With Apple TV, Roku(TechCrunch)
Mutltiple blogs,including Engadget are speculating that in order to compete With Apple TV and Roku Microsoft is going to develop a scaled down version of Xbox that will provide access to streaming along with gaming services.

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