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NewsBreaks
IBM’s Watson Defeats Humans in Jeopardy! Battle
by Erik Arnold
IBM's supercomputer named Watson completed its conquest for Jeopardy! domination by defeating two of the best contestants on Earth: Ken Jennings, the longest consecutive winner in Jeopardy history, and Brad Rutter, the all-time earnings leader. Time will tell if the Jeopardy! victory is a Truman/Dewey moment. The Jeopardy! competition was a total score over two games (aired in three episodes Feb. 14-16), with the highest total score at the end of the two games claiming victory. Watson won the $1 million prize, and it was not even close until the last round when Ken Jennings seemed determined to put in a good showing for humans before bowing out by writing "it's time to welcome our new artificial intelligence overlords" on his Final Jeopardy question. This delighted the IBM heavy studio audience.

Weekly News Digests
Springer eBooks Now Available in the Google eBookstore
Springer ebooks are now available in the Google eBookstore. Google currently holds the largest collection of Springer ebooks with more than 52,000, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year. This service will initially only be available for international customers. A platform for the German-speaking markets will follow in due course.
ScienceCinema Offers Searchable Videos from U.S. DOE
Scientific videos highlighting the most exciting research and development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are now available through ScienceCinema. The multimedia search tool was launched Feb. 8 as part of a 1-day workshop, "Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science," jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Wash.
Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store
Apple, Inc. announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, and more. This is the same digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.'s The Daily app.

NewsLink Spotlight
Update on Gale—Mobile, Global, and In Context
by Paula J. Hane
At the recent ALA Midwinter meeting, I caught up with Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing at Cengage Learning, to talk about recent developments at Gale and get a peek at some forthcoming products. Gale continues to be excited about the streamlined company structure implemented last summer—the integration of Gale and Cengage. Qaimari says it lets the company make content connections and help libraries serve as the conduit to information and textbooks. Other news he was eager to discuss included the company's mobile initiatives, its new Gale World Scholar product line, enhancements to PowerSearch, new administrative tools, and ongoing work on the In Context products.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 4–5, The 5th International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICOLIS 2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya and University of Malaya Library
URL: umconference.um.edu.my/ICOLIS2014

Nov. 4–5, Taxonomy Boot Camp
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: taxonomybootcamp.com/2014

Nov. 4–7, KMWorld 2014
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: kmworld.com/Conference/2014

Nov. 5–7, Enterprise Search and Discovery
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: enterprisesearchsummit.com/DC2014

Nov. 5–8, The 34th Annual Charleston Conference
Place: Charleston, S.C.
Sponsor/Organizer:  Charleston Conference
URL: katina.info/conference

Nov. 5–8, Forum of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA Forum)
Place: Albuquerque, N.M.
Sponsor/Organizer: LITA
URL: litablog.org/2013/11/call-for-proposals-2014-lita-forum

Nov. 6–7, The 11th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning—ICICKM 2014
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
URL: academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm2014/icickm14-home.htm

Nov. 6–7, SharePoint Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: sharepointsymposium.com/2014

Nov. 11, ALPSP Training Course: Understanding eJournal Technology
Place: Oxford, U.K.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=381

Nov. 13–14, 2014 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
Place: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Journal
URL: lj.libraryjournal.com/directors-summit/#_

Nov. 14–16, The 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
URL: yalitsymposium12.ning.com

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2014

Nov. 18–19, Streaming Media Producer Live
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: producerlive.streamingmedia.com/2014

 ... View our complete conference calendar here

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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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