July 20, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present the second part of a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, "Launching A Digital Collaboration Project." The second session is Webcast live at 2:00 EST on July 20.

(The first session was Webcast on July 6, and can be viewed via an SLA Replay.)

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Launching A Digital Collaboration Project. (.pdf, 1.8 MB) July 20, 2005.

Coming in August 2005
Stephen E. Arnold. The Google Legacy (Tetbury, Gloucester: United Kingdom. Infonortics, 2005)

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Microsoft v. Google: Let's Get Ready to Rumble

"Microsoft sued the search engine giant Google yesterday, accusing it of pilfering an executive to head up a new research lab in China.

"The software leviathan said Kai-Fu Lee's contract prohibited him from taking a job with a competitor within a year of leaving Microsoft and accused Google of 'intentionally assisting' Lee."

Chris Noon. Microsoft Sues Google For Alleged Exec Poaching. Forbes.com. July 20, 2005.

See also:

Verne Kopytoff. Microsoft Sues Over Hiring. SFGate.com. July 20, 2005.

Todd Bishop. Microsoft Sues Google Over Executive It Hired Away. SeattlePI.com. July 20, 2005.

Matt Richtel. Microsoft Sues Over Google's Hiring of a Former Executive. The New York Times. July 20, 2005.

Ina Fried. Microsoft Sues Over Google Hire. News.com. July 19, 2005.

Michael Bazeley. Google to Open R&D Center in China. The Mercury News. July 19, 2005.

Michael Paige. Microsoft Sues Google, Former Exec. MarketWatch. July 19, 2005 .

Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Ex-Microsoft Exec Sued Over Google Job. BusinessWeek Online. July 19, 2005.

July 19, 2005

Yahoo's Management Turnover Slows Media Move

"Plans to give a stiff shot of Hollywood glamour to Yahoo Inc.'s media and entertainment offerings have instead given the Internet company a case of the hiccups, as several division heads have decided either to leave Yahoo or opted against relocating to new Los Angeles-area offices.

Of eight media division general managers, three heading Yahoo's finance, sports, and movies and television units have decided to leave the Sunnyvale, Calif., company, Yahoo said. Three other division heads have declined to move to Southern California from Silicon Valley and so are leaving their current posts, taking other jobs at the company.

Kevin J. Delaney. Turnover at Yahoo Slows Media Group's Los Angeles Move. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

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UN Working Group Outlines Internet's Future

"A UN group charged with deciding how the net should be run has failed to reach a decision.

"The group's report (.pdf) suggests four possible futures for net governance that range from no change to complete overhaul.

"The proposals will go forward to a key UN net and society conference due to take place in November."

BBC News. UN at Odds Over Internet's Future. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Château de Bossey. Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance. (.pdf) June 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story the battle over Internet governance.

News Corp. Acquires Intermix, MySpace

"Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has demonstrated the seriousness of its commitment to digital media by reaching a deal to buy Intermix Media Inc. for $580 million in cash.

"At the same time, Intermix announced it has exercised its option to buy the 47 percent of MySpace.com it does not already own."

Ken Magill. News Corp. To Acquire Intermix. ClickZNews. July 18, 2005.

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TV Station Solicits Citizen Journalists

"Got a cellphone camera? You, too, can be a television journalist.

"The news staff of WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York, started soliciting cellphone pictures and amateur video last week from people who witness a news event.

"The requests are being made on air by the station's anchors and on its Web site, 7online.com.

Joyce Cohen. Armed With Right Cellphone, Anyone Can Be a Journalist. The New York Times. July 18, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Troubles with Online Medical Research

"The proliferation of medical information over the Internet has helped people take more responsibility for their health.

"Patients are able to educate themselves in ways we never thought of several years ago. It seems that individuals affected by nearly any medical condition have a Web community to turn to for support and education.

"As a physician, I'm not troubled by the autonomy of the informed patient. What troubles me is the proliferation of the partially informed patient and, frankly, the misinformed patient -- the patient who crosses the line from Internet-educated patient to cyberchondriac.

Benjamin Brewer, M.D. From Web-Savvy Patient To a 'Cyberchondriac'. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Harris Interactive. Number of "Cyberchondriacs" – U.S. Adults Who Go Online for Health Information – Increases to Estimated 117 Million. (Press Release.) July 15, 2005.

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July 18, 2005

Google As Today's Computing Leader

"Every now and then some renegade high-tech start-up comes along, run by people who don't follow the rules, and they come to be the ones who get to set the rules for everyone else. An early example was Microsoft.

"Today, it's Google.

"Patricia Seybold Group's free report (.pdf) suggests that companies are properly concerned about how Google's strategies will impact their own strategies."

Dan Blacharski. Google Sets the Stage for Business Leaders. ITWorld.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Patricia Seybold. Group. In Google We Trust?. (.pdf) Patricia Seybold Group. July 7, 2005.

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Renewal of Patriot Act Up for Vote

"Before Congress leaves Washington for its annual recess next month, both the House and the Senate are expected to vote to renew police powers that were granted in the 2001 Patriot Act and are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

"Among the most controversial provisions up for renewal is the FBI's power to demand sensitive information on American citizens from businesses with only an order issued under the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"Separate bills advancing in the House and Senate extend this provision—Section 215 of the Patriot Act—with modifications."

Caron Carlson. Bills Extend Patriot Provision. eWeek. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Can Bush Carry the Day?. News.com. July 18, 2005.

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Google's Growth Stirs Privacy Fears

"Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.

"Although many Internet users eagerly await each new technology from Google Inc., its rapid expansion is also prompting concerns that the company may know too much: what you read, where you surf and travel, whom you write."

Anick Jesdaun. As Google Grows, How Much Does It Know About You?. InformationWeek. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Google Services That May Invade Your Privacy InformationWeek. July 18, 2005.

Elinor Mills. Google Balances Privacy, Reach. News.com. July 14, 2005.

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Microsoft Eyes Entertainment Industry

"When Apple Computer Inc. transformed the digital music scene in April 2003 by selling songs over the Internet, the richest man in the world was not amused.

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates had struggled for a decade to get his software into consumers' home entertainment systems. Now the digital media party was finally starting, and he wasn't invited.

"But the blow gave Gates new insight, motivation and some needed humility — and it intensified work on what might prove the turning point in his quest to extend Microsoft's supremacy from the office into the living room."

Joseph Menn. Microsoft Courts Hollywood Allies. LATimes.com. July 17, 2005.

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Yahoo, UC Berkeley Establish Research Facility

"Yahoo announced Friday that it has established a research lab with the University of California at Berkeley.

"Yahoo Research Labs-Berkeley will begin operations in August and concentrate on new technologies for search, social and mobile media."

Dawn Kawamoto. Yahoo, UC Berkeley Team on Research. News.com. July 15, 2005.

See also:
Verne Kopytoff. Yahoo Cements UC Partnership
Research Lab to be Established Near Berkeley Campus
. San Francisco Chronicle. July 15, 2005.

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Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard.

"The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting which lets nearly anyone 'broadcast' on the Internet.

"While profits remain elusive, there's a bigger prize out there the company that manages to become the go-to Web site for podcasts could gain enough leverage to strike favorable deals with proven content providers, and generate cash by charging for subscriptions and advertising."

Associated Press. Podcasting Spurs a Media 'Land Grab'. ABC News. July 16, 2005.

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The Vital Role of Forwarding E-Mail

"Forwarding a quirky email or an amusing link or video attachment to colleagues may seem innocent enough, but it is the modern equivalent of ritual gift exchange and carries with it similar social implications, say US researchers.

"Benjamin Gross at the University of Illinois, US, and colleagues studied email forwarding behaviour by conducting informal interviews among email users. He says forwarding emails plays a vital role in constructing and maintaining modern social ties, despite the phenomenon receiving scant attention from social scientists."

Will Knight. Email Forwarding Amounts to Ritual Gift Exchange. NewScientist.com. July 12, 2005.

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The Future of Municipal WiFi Systems

"Pete Sessions, a Texas member of the House, believes in states' rights. But he also thinks that there are situations so extreme that Congress must slap down state and local government initiatives.

"One such case: localities that offer citizens free or low-cost Internet service. Idealists may view extending high-speed Internet as a boon to education, an economic shot in the arm and a vital component in effective emergency services."

Steven Levy. Pulling the Plug on Local Internet. Newsweek. July 18, 2005.

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Efforts to Peek at Paid Content

"Popular wisdom holds that you can find anything on the Web. And if you're looking for information on products, transportation schedules, or tourist attractions, it's probably true.

"But there is a vast body of knowledge hidden either in the so-called deep Web that browsers can't find or in those archaic but wonderful repositories called books.

"Two factors combine to make so much valuable and authoritative information inaccessible."

Stephen H. Wildstrom. The Web Hits the Stacks. BusinessWeek. July 14, 2005.

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Multi-Purpose Software for iPod

"Accessories for the iPod are plentiful, and now there's software to make the portable music player even more versatile.

"Roxio's The Boom Box ($50, Mac only) includes five applications that reportedly can do a lot. Windows PC owners, read on because there probably is, or will be, similar software for you, too. Let's take a look."

Linda Knapp. Spice up Your iPod with Extra Applications. Seattle Times. July 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Roxio's software suite.

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Could Your Blog Find You A Job?

"A well expressed blog can do for a job seeker what a resume cannot — it provides insight into your thought processes, creativity, and communication skills.

"It can demonstrate to your reader how involved and interested you are in your field, and this presence can make all the difference to a potential employer."

The Virtual Handshake. Finding a Job with Your Blog. July 13, 2005.

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BBC May Sell Programs Online

"The BBC is to sell its programmes to overseas viewers over the internet and may also take advertising on its website for the first time under plans to boost its commercial revenues."

Owen Gibson. BBC May Sell Programmes Abroad Over Internet. Guardian Unlimited. July 18, 2005.

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Groups Oppose Sites' Marketing Strategy for Predators

"Several recent high-profile child abductions have put renewed focus on tracking sex offenders, and some companies are looking to tap parents' fears about child predators to market their products.

"Searching for 'Jessica Lunsford' or 'Sarah Lunde' on Google turns up thousands of Web sites that mention the Florida girls who were abducted and killed this year -- along with several advertisements for sites that purport to help parents locate sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

The advertisements, also keyed to search terms such as 'sex offenders' and 'predators,' are part of a marketing push by two companies – National Alert Registry Inc., which charges users to access reports on offenders, and ChildSafe Network USA, which doesn't charge a fee but requires users to fill out extensive marketing surveys to gain access to the information.

David Kesmodel. Sites Tap Fears of Predators To Market Tools to Parents. WSJ.com. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Federal Bureau of Investigation. State Sex Offender Registry Web Sites.

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