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July 11, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Dropbox Unveils New Tools at DBX Conference

On July 9, Dropbox hosted DBX, its first developer conference, where the company announced “a new suite of tools that fundamentally simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms.”

The Datastore API (application programming interface) builds on Dropbox’s other APIs Sync and Core to update files both online and offline. Users can shift between mobile tasks in the Dropbox app and files on a computer, and all of the files will be updated and synced as soon as an internet connection is established.

New drop-ins Chooser and Saver allow users to access all of the facets of their Dropbox accounts instantly. The Chooser was launched last year but is now available for Android and Apple mobile devices. It helps developers build simple interfaces for their files. The Saver allows for one-click saving to Dropbox.

Dropbox currently has more than 175 million users who sync more than 1 billion files per day.

Source: Dropbox 

CCC Adds OCLC Integration to Get It Now

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)'s academic solution Get It Now will be integrated with OCLC’s interlibrary loan (ILL) fee management service (IFM). Get It Now, which currently has 55 member publishers, will also add five new publishers’ collections: M.E. Sharpe, Human Kinetics, Akadémiai Kiadó, Cognizant Communication Corporation, and World Scientific Publishing Company.

Get It Now is used by more than 175 libraries to immediately retrieve full-text articles from unsubscribed journals via ILL. CCC, OCLC, and Atlas Systems partnered to create a new feature in Get It Now: the ability for libraries to pay for Get It Now purchases using their IFM accounts. ILL lending charges and payments can be paid via OCLC invoices using IFM.

“This new delivery option originated with input from OCLC members,” says Katie Birch, OCLC’s director of delivery services. “The new option extends the convenience of IFM to purchasing through CCC’s Get It Now service and through other partner sites in the future. This functionality is an example of OCLC’s strategy to broaden its delivery services to include expanded options for buying needed resources instead of borrowing them.”

Libraries with Get It Now that have the ILLiad software version 8.4 and the ILLiad 2.0 add-on can integrate their systems with IFM. CCC began a pilot program using libraries from institutions such as Murray State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Brockport that will conclude on July 31.

CCC will officially launch the new option on Aug. 1.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center 

Judge Rules Against Apple in Price-Fixing Trial

The ebook price-fixing trial that began on June 3 and ended 17 days later has finally come to a close with the release of Judge Denise Cote’s ruling on July 10. And the news isn't good for Apple.

In her decision, which includes a 159-page summary of the case, she writes:

Based on the trial record … this Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and relevant state statutes to the extent those laws are congruent with Section 1.

The U.S. Department of Justice released a statement announcing the verdict: “This result is a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically. … Through today’s court decision and previous settlements with five major publishers, consumers are again benefitting from retail price competition and paying less for their e-books,” writes Bill Baer, assistant attorney general. “Companies cannot ignore the antitrust laws when they believe it is in their economic self-interest to do so. This decision by the court is a critical step in undoing the harm caused by Apple’s illegal actions.”

The court will soon schedule a hearing to discuss “the parties’ proposed remedies.” Baer notes that the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will continue to uphold its stance on the importance of competition in the publishing and other industries.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

EBSCO Acquires Euromoney Ebook Collection

EBSCO Information Services added more than 65 business and finance titles from Euromoney Books to its ebook platform. Subscribers can choose one of three acquisition options for the collection (ownership, subscription, or short-term loan) or a combination of the options. 

Euromoney topics include corporate finance, fund management, hedge funds, leasing and asset finance, risk management, and structured finance, with a readership of bankers, lawyers, government officials, treasurers, accountants, and fund managers.

Some of the Euromoney titles that EBSCO now offers are Syndicated Lending, Sixth Edition; Aircraft Financing, Fourth Edition; Project Financing, Eighth Edition; Shipping Finance, Third Edition; Encyclopedia of Debt Finance, Second Edition; and Credit Analysis of Financial Institutions, Third Edition.

Librarians can access these titles via the new EBSCOhost Collection Manager, a tool for helping librarians add to their ebook collections. EBSCOhost has partnered with distributors Ingram Content Group and Baker & Taylor so librarians can order ebooks and audiobooks through those channels as well.

Source: EBSCO Information Services 

Gale Acquires Newspaper Archives for NewsVault Platform

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, updated its Gale NewsVault platform with the Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004 and British Newspapers, Part III: 1780-1950. Gale now has 17 historical newspaper and periodical collections.

“By making these historical collections of newspapers available digitally and fully-searchable, research opportunities for students, faculty and even the curious genealogist” have deeply expanded, says Jim Draper, Gale's vice president and general manager.

The Daily Mail has been in circulation since 1896 and now reaches 2 million readers. Gale’s archive includes more than 1 million pages of news stories, features, advertisements, and images, as well as content from the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, published on transatlantic (New York to Southampton) ocean liners from 1923 to 1931.

British Newspapers, Part III builds on content from the regional and local newspapers in the preceding collections from The British Library that date from the late 1700s. New sources include the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Leeds Intelligencer, Evening Telegraph, Yorkshire Gazette, Nottingham Evening Post, Newcastle Guardian, and Tyne Mercury.

Source: Cengage Learning

ProQuest Plans Launch of Global Data Sources

ProQuest's latest initiatives are designed to improve the study of global data by releasing Statistical Abstracts of the World in August and the ProQuest International DataSets in September, which will be launched in partnership with white-label software-as-a-service solution DataMarket and global economic firm Oxford Economics.

Statistical Abstracts of the World will be an online-only resource modeled after ProQuest’s publication Statistical Abstract of the United States. Users will be able to compare and contrast countries using various factors and time periods. Results will be filtered by source, data date, subject, and type of data. The resource will be updated every month.

ProQuest International DataSets will be a single interface wherein researchers can search, compare, visualize, and share time series, survey responses, and other data on various topics. It will also be interactive; users will be able to make charts and write reports on the sources they find in the database, and analytic tools will be offered and sourced from Oxford Economics’ coverage of cities.

The new content will include a range of subjects: population and industry data for 2,600 cities and select states and provinces worldwide; production and employment data on 100 industries; information about ethnicity, religion, consumer spending, healthcare, and income levels for select countries; and long-term forecasts for 190 countries.

Source: ProQuest 

African Press Organization Partners With Bloomberg for Media Distribution

The African Press Organization (APO) announced an agreement to make its press releases available on Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg’s financial information service. The APO is Africa’s leading press release wire and media relations organization that disseminates news through its Africa Wire service, which it distributes to more than 25,000 media contacts, bloggers, social networks, and to more than 50 African websites. Today, Bloomberg Terminal has more than 315,000 subscribers in 174 countries.

“This partnership will allow APO customers to reach Bloomberg Terminal users worldwide and inform them of new developments, investments and product launches done on the continent,” says Eloïne Barry, APO executive director.

The APO has standing partnerships with companies including LexisNexis, Dow Jones Factiva, Acquire Media, and ProQuest. Africa Wire users include DHL, Microsoft, MasterCard, Western Union, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Edelman.

Source: African Press Organization

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