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NewsBreaks
Google Instant: Interactive Searching
by Greg R. Notess
Last week, Google held a "press event" to unveil the new, results-as-you-type Google Instant. Enabled by default for Google searchers in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Russia (if using a modern browser and either logged in to their account or using Google.com), Google Instant starts showing results, not instantaneously but very soon after the first letter of a search is typed. With each subsequent letter typed, the results (and the search suggestions) change. Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience, says, "Google Instant is a new way to search." Not only do the results appear shortly after just typing one letter, but the first search suggestion also often displays (in gray letters) within the search box itself. The actual results displayed are the ones for the full suggested search or, if none is displayed in the box, for the first listed suggested search.

Weekly News Digests
EBSCO and John Carter Brown Library Offer Free Historical Database
EBSCO Publishing and the John Carter Brown library have collaborated to bring a free historical database European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 to libraries, scholars, and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas. European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 is available online at www.europeanamericana.com.
SAGE Offers Trial of SciVee Video Platform
Academic journal publisher SAGE and SciVee, a video platform solutions provider to the STM market, announced a trial of the SciVee platform for three journals published by SAGE on behalf of the Association for Psychological Science. The 3-month trial is designed to evaluate if SciVee video PubCasts will increase article views, broaden reader interest, and promote authors.
AP Experiment With Windows Internet Explorer 9 Creates Timeline Reader
Working with Microsoft Corp., The Associated Press (AP) created a way of presenting news in a visual format that allows readers to scroll through a timeline of top stories in a range of categories. The Timeline Reader represents AP's first experimentation with HTML5 and is optimized for viewing on Windows Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of Internet Explorer that just launched in beta.

NewsLink Spotlight
Free Collaborative Learning Tools for Science—Spotlight on Scitable
by Paula J. Hane
As Scott Merrill wrote on CrunchGear, "Social networks are a dime a dozen." He pointed out that many fail and many are just for specific niche audiences (though I don't think niches are a bad thing). So, he was as skeptical as I was about Scitable, a social network for science research and education from Nature Publishing Group, publishers of Nature and Scientific American. I was especially leery given the recent turmoil over licensing discussions between NPG and the University of California. (They recently issued a joint statement agreeing to work together to address the "mutual short- and long-term challenges.") Scitable is an educational website offered by Nature Education (a division of NPG) for biology and genetics educators and undergraduate students, and it provides a free library of high-quality, vetted content and tools. The company just announced the launch of the mobile version of Scitable.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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