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NewsBreaks
The End of an Era for Google Labs—Innovation Now Via Acquisition and Pontification
by Stephen E. Arnold
The media, Wall Street, and assorted bloggers were adrenalized by Larry Page's announcement that Google Labs was going dark. That's right. Google Labs. The quasar of innovation at the Google: Shut down, lights off, out of business, and repurposed ... What's gone? Obviously the Google Labs site where I could "play around with prototypes of some of Google's wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them." I do not think there will be much of a change in Google's innovation pace. In fact, it may accelerate in social media.

Weekly News Digests
LoislawConnect to Take Legal Research to the Next Level
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business announced that it is releasing an enhanced version of its Loislaw legal research platform. The new platform, called LoislawConnect, will deliver a faster, more streamlined way to conduct research within the same flat fee structure that Loislaw users have come to depend upon. LoislawConnect was previewed at the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia July 23-26.
New SciVerse App: iSpeech Audio Reader
Elsevier announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse ScienceDirect content to improve researchers' workflows.
Wellcome Library Partners With ProQuest to Digitize Early European Books
The Wellcome Library announced a partnership with ProQuest, U.K. to digitize more than 15,000 volumes from the library's rare book collection as part of the Wellcome Digital Library pilot project. The collection will be made available through ProQuest's new Early European Books (EEB) database, a sister project to the Early English Books Online.

NewsLink Spotlight
Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA
by Paula J. Hane
Looking over the program of presentations and panels and at the vendors exhibiting at the recent American Library Association Annual (ALA) conference, it's clear that librarians are focused on embracing the expanding digital world and specifically on providing ebooks as part of library services. Of course, along with that come all the issues and considerations involved: copyright/DRM, rising costs of digital collections, format issues, and the rapidly evolving publishing market. For librarians, it's all about providing enhanced services through the emerging technologies. They had a lot to look at and think about in New Orleans.

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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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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