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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.

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In this sample digital edition of Online Searcher

Survey Research: Polling and Beyond
Advanced Twitter Search Commands
Open Knowledge Versus Knowledge Management
Questioning and Streamlining Decisions

Bookshelf
21 Days to Success With LinkedIn 21 Days to Success With LinkedIn
Business Social Networking the Gnik Rowten Way
by Ron Sukenick and Ken Williams

Building on their popular business parable, 21 Days to Success Through Networking, authors Sukenick and Williams are back with the next Gnik Rowten adventure. You'll learn critical LinkedIn lessons and techniques as fictional protagonist Gnik develops a vital network of influencers, experts, mentors, and potential clients using the free version of this powerful online tool.

Each chapter ends with a summary of the day's key learning experience. 21 Days to Success With LinkedIn is an entertaining and highly effective learning tool for anyone who is on LinkedIn but knows he could be using it more effectively.

2015/192 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-937290-05-4
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Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

May 4–7, RDAP (Research Data Access and Preservation) Summit 2016
Place: Atlanta
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
URL: asist.org/events/rdap-summit

May 5, NSDR 2016 Symposium
Place: Bethesda, Md.
Sponsor/Organizer: National Digital Stewardship Residency (NSDR)
URL: ndsr2016.wordpress.com

May 6–8, The Sixth International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST 2016)
Place: Dalian, China
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icist.dlut.edu.cn/meeting/index_en.asp?id=2578

May 9, Content Delivery Summit 2016
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: contentdeliverysummit.com/2016

May 9–10, The 24th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference
Place: The Hague, Netherlands
Sponsor/Organizer: European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and National Authorities for Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE)
URL: www.eblida.org/empowering-europe/eblida2016.html

May 9–11, Data Summit 2016
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: dbta.com/DataSummit/2016

May 10–11, Streaming Media East
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: streamingmedia.com/Conferences/East2016/default.aspx

May 11–13, BookExpo America (BEA)
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Exhibitions
URL: bookexpoamerica.com

May 12–14, Personal Digital Archiving 2016
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: lib.umich.edu/pda2016

May 17–19, Library Publishing Forum 2016
Place: Denton, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
URL: librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum16

May 23–25, Customer Service Experience
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: custservexperience.com/2016

May 23–25, CRM Evolution 2016 Conference and Exposition
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: destinationcrm.com/Conferences/2016

May 23–25, SpeechTEK 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: speechtek.com/2016

May 27–28, #VisDom2016 (Visualization of Data and Information Symposium)
Place: Potsdam, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: mylibrary.fh-potsdam.de/visdom-2016

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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