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Tuesday, July 02, 2013


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NewsBreaks
Why Patent Litigation Was on the Upswing in 2012
by George H. Pike
Well, so much for patent reform. According to a recent study from the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 2012 was a "banner year in patent litigation," with increases in the number of patent infringement lawsuits filed in the federal courts and larger damage awards. The PwC study suggests that much of the increasing patent litigation may be due to "patent trolls," those companies that purchase patent portfolios for the primary purpose of threatening and filing infringement lawsuits, along with the effects of the America Invents Act, the so-called "patent reform" legislation enacted in 2011.

Weekly News Digests
Thomson Reuters Offers Clinical Trial Intelligence Solutions
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters introduced two clinical trial intelligence software solutions for R&D professionals: Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence and Cortellis Site Performance Advisor. These solutions improve clinical trials, speed up product development and release, and help professionals strengthen portfolios and R&D strategy.
Academic Video Store From Alexander Street Press Opens Its Virtual Doors
Alexander Street Press unveiled its online Academic Video Store offering academic DVDs and streaming videos for librarians and educators. The store has more than 2,500 single-title films in more than 40 disciplines, selected by a team of editorial experts.
Polaris Library Systems Upgrades Software With 100 Enhancements
Polaris Library Systems, a library automation software company, recently updated its software to Polaris 4.1 with about 100 enhancements that will help librarians and administrative staff increase their productivity and workflow efficiency. Polaris 4.1 improves patron services, circulation, cataloging, and acquisitions.

NewsLink Spotlight
Top Mobile Apps for Productivity
by Paula J. Hane
In last month's Spotlight article, I highlighted some browser extensions that I find to be very useful. The article has proven popular with readers, and I've even benefitted from readers' suggestions. So, now I'd like to cover some of the mobile apps that I've found to be the most helpful. I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), and the apps I'm including here are available for Android devices (at the Google Play Store), and some are also available for Apple iOS at the Apple iTunes store. I trust you will find these to be handy and serve as a starting point to look for others. (If you have others in your toolkit that you'd like to share, let me know.)

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem

How to Fix Facebook's Fake News Problem (4:16)

The Accidental Data Scientist author Amy Affelt discusses leading technology experts' recommended remedies for fixing Facebook's fake news problem in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

ITI Blogs

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

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

ILI365/InfoToday Europe Blog infotoday.eu – news and ideas for, and by, innovative info pros from around the world, throughout the year.

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.

ITI News

The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research

Edited by Robert Berkman, The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research explores, evaluates, and provides critical analysis of free and fee-based information resources, web-based services, and search strategies to help you maximize your time and keep you up-to-date on the internet's role in research.

IAG

In addition to at least one feature by business specialist Berkman, each issue of The Information Advisor’s Guide to Internet Research includes an in-depth article by Ran Hock, author of The Extreme Searcher book series and well-known seminar speaker, who checks out a major web resource.

Four regular columns are rotated; two appear each issue and give readers suggestions for cool internet tools to check out (Brian Smith McCallum, M.L.S., public and academic librarian); sites to turn to for more scholarly research needs (Briana McGuckin, reference and instructional librarian); sites to go to that provide information for the common good (Susan Fingerman, retired librarian instructor, STEM); and sites that give you “big data” facts and figures on a range of topics (Jackie Shane, former reference librarian).

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CIL Cover

Computers in Libraries magazine has posted its 2019 editorial calendar and has issued a call for article proposals at infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml#themes.


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