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PRISM and the First Amendment: A Critical Issue
by Nancy K. Herther
On June 5, 2013, The Washington Post and Britain's The Guardian newspapers began publishing articles that unraveled an Orwellian governmental surveillance program of unrivaled size that allows the U.S. government access to internet-based data and information on Americans and other citizens worldwide. In the nearly 6 weeks since this disclosure, we are not much closer to understanding this secret program and its legitimacy in a democratic society. Instead, public discussions have been waylaid by daily coverage of the fate of Edward Snowden, the source of the PRISM leaks.
Apple Ebook Dealings Violated Antitrust Law
by George H. Pike
A federal court in New York has found Apple guilty of violating federal antitrust laws, stating that the company "played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy" to raise ebook prices. Judge Denise Cote found that Apple conspired with a group of five major trade publishers—Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster—to break Amazon's then-dominant $9.99 pricing model by collectively agreeing to set higher retail prices using an "agency" pricing model in which the publisher, rather than the retailer, sets the retail price.

Weekly News Digests
Vital Source Debuts Building Block for Blackboard Learn
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's etextbook solution, launched the Building Block etextbook platform, which integrates its VitalSource Bookshelf with Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's learning management system. The new platform, called VitalSource Building Block for Blackboard Learn, allows for a single login to both Blackboard and VitalSource Bookshelf and use on Blackboard Learn's mobile app for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices.
Springer Renews Its Commitment to Open Access
Springer Science+Business Media announced that the influence of its open access (OA) journals has increased over the past year. In Thomson Reuters' new edition of Journal Citation Reports for 2012, which calculates a journal's impact factor in the industry based on its articles' cited references, 46 Springer journals received an impact factor for the first time, meaning that their citation data improved over the year.
LexisNexis Improves Digital Library Functionality
LexisNexis Legal & Professional, part of Reed Elsevier, enhanced its Digital Library elending solution with new features and functionality. The LexisNexis Digital Library is partnered with OverDrive to offer electronic titles in a bookshelf-style interface across a variety of devices.

NewsLink Spotlight
Going Social: Top Apps for Best Recommended Reads
by Brandi Scardilli
When it's time to trade office paperwork for some good reads on vacation, there is certainly an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few of them, and the apps listed here are all free, whether you opt to find a title to enjoy on your own or want to join a reading community to share your thoughts about your favorite best-seller with a virtual book club.

Conference Connection


Dec. 1, STM Digital Publishing 2015
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: STM
URL: stm-assoc.org/events/digital-publishing-seminar-2015

Dec. 1–3, Gilbane Conference 2015
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: gilbaneconference.com/2015

Dec. 2, NFAIS/NISO Virtual Conference: Semantic Web: What’s New and Cool
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and NISO (National Information Standards Organization)
URL: niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/sem_web

Dec. 11–13, The 17th International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS2015)
Place: Brussels
Sponsor/Organizer: International Organization for Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services
URL: iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2015/home

Dec. 11–13, The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Data Intensive Systems (DSDIS 2015)
Place: Sydney
Sponsor/Organizer: The 2015 Sydney Congress Organizing Committee
URL: swinflow.org/confs/dsdis2015

Dec. 13–16, The 2015 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015)
Place: Fort Worth, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Systems (AIS)
URL: icis2015.aisnet.org/en

Dec. 16–18, The Second International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC2015)
Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dipdmwc15

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ITI Blogs

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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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