Posted on: March 25, 2011

Some interesting pieces of news which relates to the material covered by Net Communications so far. The second article about Google’s Internet library plans being thwarted strikes me as coincidental, seeing how I’ve just posted here on copyright issues.



NEW YORK – Mozilla released the latest version of its free and open source Web browser Firefox to the public on Tuesday.

The new browser was downloaded nearly 3 million times only hours after it was made available online – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, in contrast, was downloaded 2.35 million times within its first 24 hours last week.

But Firefox 4’s time in the limelight was quickly cut short by Google’s announcement yesterday that they have introduced support for the HTML5 speech input API (application programming interface) in their Chrome browsers, effective immediately. In simple terms, that means you will be able to talk to your browser.

The API opens up a slew of possibilities. Web developers, for instance, will now be able to incorporate speech-to-text transcription in their apps, allowing users to upload speech, via a microphone, to a transcription server and having it show up as text within the app.

Google’s announcement overshadowed earlier news about Firefox 4’s improvements, including increased privacy features – one security upgrade, “Do Not Track”, will allow “users to set a browser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-out of third party, advertising-based tracking”, Mozilla said.

The new Firefox also promotes interactive capabilities with HTML5.




by The New York Times

NEW YORK – Google’s ambition to create the world’s largest digital library and bookstore has run into the reality of a 300-year-old legal concept: Copyright.

The company’s plan to digitise every book published and make them widely available was derailed on Tuesday, when a United States federal judge in New York rejected a sweeping US$125 million (S$158.1 million) legal settlement the company had worked out with groups representing authors and publishers.

The decision throws into legal limbo one of the most ambitious undertakings in Google’s history and it brings into sharp focus concerns about the company’s growing power over information.

While the profit potential of the book project is not clear, the effort is one of the pet projects of Mr Larry Page, the Google co-founder who is set to become its chief executive next month. And the project has wide support inside the company, whose corporate mission is to organise all of the world’s information.

But citing copyright, anti-trust and other concerns, Judge Denny Chin said that the settlement went too far. He said it would have granted Google a “de facto monopoly” and the right to profit from books without the permission of copyright owners.

Judge Chin acknowledged that “the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many” but said that the proposed agreement was “not fair, adequate and reasonable”. He left open the possibility that a substantially revised agreement could pass legal muster.

The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers sued Google in 2005 over its book-scanning project. After two years of painstaking negotiations, the authors, publishers and Google signed a sweeping settlement that turned three parties into allies instead of opponents and would have brought millions of printed works into the digital age.

It would have given authors and publishers new ways to earn money from digital copies of their works.

Among the most persistent objections to the deal, raised by the Justice Department and others, was that no other company would be able to build a comparable library, leaving Google free to charge high prices for its collection, and that the deal would cement the company’s grip on the Internet search market.

Source: TodayOnline


1 Response to "News"

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