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Amazon Patents Electronic Marketplace For 'Used' Digital Content
by George H. Pike
Will individuals soon be able to buy and sell "used" digital media such as apps, ebooks, and music downloads? And if so, will they only be able to do this through Amazon? These are among the questions being asked after Amazon, Inc. was awarded a U.S. patent for an "electronic marketplace for used digital objects." (U.S. Patent No. 8,364,595, available online at www.uspto.gov). The patent, which traveled a nearly 4-year journey from application to issuance, would permit users to create "personalized data stores"—presumably through Amazon—which would house digital media files and permit the files to be moved from one person's store to another through a secure system. The granting of the patent, however, does not mean that Amazon will actually establish the marketplace or that the use of the marketplace would be legal.

Weekly News Digests
DCL Teams With Bowker to Support Self-Publishers
Digital publishing services provider Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) announced a partnership with bibliographic information provider Bowker to better serve the self-publishing market. Bowker Identifier Services will now offer self-publishers DCL's EPUB on Demand eBook Product Service through Bowker's MyIdentifiers.com website.
U.S. Government Printing Office Joins Pinterest
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) expanded its social media presence by joining Pinterest. Connecting people through "things" they find interesting is the founding principle of Pinterest and a natural fit with GPO's core mission of Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the federal government. GPO will use Pinterest to share historic photos, videos, products, and government publications with the public. Pinterest joins GPO's other social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Government Book Talk blog.
NISO and OAI Release Draft for Comments of 'ResourceSync Framework Specification'
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announced the release of a beta draft for comments of the "ResourceSync Framework Specification" for the web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. Feedback to this version of the specification is solicited and can be shared by March 15, 2013 on the ResourceSync Google Group. The ResourceSync joint project, funded with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and JISC, was initiated to develop a new open standard on the real-time synchronization of Web resources.

NewsLink Spotlight
A Cyber War Is Brewing
by Paula J. Hane
At first, it just seemed to be a trickle of bad news. This company or another was the object of a cyberattack. Sometimes it was the hackers group with the ominous-sounding name, Anonymous, that was blamed. Then, Anonymous reportedly defaced the entire MIT website in revenge following the recent suicide of Aaron Swartz. It also hacked the Department of Justice Sentencing Commission website and threatened to launch "multiple warheads." This prompted me to do some digging. I found that hacking incidents seem to be much more pervasive—and serious—than I'd thought. The reports of cybersecurity breaches have grown more numerous in the last few years, and there have been a flood of security warnings recently.

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Conference Connection


Nov. 2–3, The 5th International Summit of the Book 2016
Place: Limerick, Ireland
Sponsor/Organizer: Library of Congress, Library Association of Ireland (LAI), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Libraries Northern Ireland, and the National Library of Ireland

Nov. 5–7, The 5th International Conference on Health Information Science (HIS 2016)
Place: Shanghai
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee

Nov. 9–11, The 8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K 2016)
Place: Porto, Portugal
Sponsor/Organizer: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC)

Nov. 12–14, OpenCon 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition

Nov. 14–15, Taxonomy Boot Camp 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.

Nov. 14–16, World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2016)
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Infonomics Society and IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter

Nov. 14–17, KMWorld 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.

Nov. 15–17, Enterprise Search & Discovery 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.

Nov. 16–17, SharePoint Symposium 2016
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.

Nov. 28–30, The 12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT'16)
Place: Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee

Nov. 28–30, Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB16)
Place: Bonn, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: German National Library of Economics/Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre

Nov. 29–30, Gilbane Digital Content Conference 2016
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc. 

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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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