|Weekly News Digest
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Fourth World eBook Fair—Free Access for a Month
The World eBook Fair (WeBF) is taking place from July 4 to Aug. 4. This is the fourth year of the annual fair. It provides more than 2.5 million full-text ebooks that you can download to your computer (http://worldebookfair.org/collections.htm). Some titles can also be downloaded and read on certain mobile phones.
WeBF is sponsored by Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.org), the World Public Library (www.worldpubliclibrary.org), the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), Ask.com, and eBooks About Everything (http://ebooksabouteverything.com).
During the rest of 2009, you may continue to download from a selection of about 500,000 PDF ebooks by joining the World Public Library. Annual membership is only $8.95.
Source: World eBook Fair
Google Announces Plans for Google Chrome OS
Google announced a new project that it says is a natural extension of the Google Chrome browser (www.google.com/chrome)-the Google Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year, Google will open source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because Google is already talking to partners about the project and will soon be working with the open source community, the company wanted to share its vision now so everyone understands what it is trying to achieve.
Speed, simplicity, and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. Google is designing the OS to be fast and lightweight-to start up and get users onto the web in seconds. The user interface is minimal, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as it did for the Google Chrome browser, Google is going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware, and security updates. It should just work.
Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips. Google is also working with multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple: Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work, and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And, of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android (www.android.com). Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices, from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and it is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, Google believes that choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
Source: Google, Inc.
Thomson Reuters Acquires Streamlogics
Thomson Reuters (www.thomsonreuters.com) has acquired Streamlogics (www.streamlogics.com), a provider of webcasting applications and services in North America with a strong presence in the financial, healthcare, and technology sectors. The terms of the deal of privately held Streamlogics remain undisclosed.
Thomson Reuters is a $13 billion company with operations in 93 countries. In addition to being a source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, Thomson Reuters claims to be the largest webcast provider in the world. With webcast broadcast centers across four continents, Thomson Reuters is committed to providing corporations worldwide with solutions that effectively meet all of their business communications needs.
"We are excited about this acquisition for many reasons," says Shaun McIver, CEO of Streamlogics. "We can now leverage the global scale and local footprint of Thomson Reuters to provide clients with even more reliability and exceptional service. Clients can also take advantage of Thomson Reuters' unique distribution capabilities and access the breadth of Thomson Reuters solutions across the investor relations, business intelligence, treasury, and other corporate functions."
Streamlogics is a global provider of results-driven webcasting solutions for hundreds of enterprises across several verticals including financial services, technology, and healthcare/life sciences. Streamlogics' webcasting solutions are utilized for training and certification, marketing and lead generation, and corporate communications. Founded in 1999, Streamlogics is based in Toronto, with regional sales offices in Canada and the U.S. The company also supports a global network of value-added resellers.
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