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Fast Flip Flops

The elves over at Google Labs have emerged once again with yet another interesting information experience--Google Fast Flip, which they announced on Monday on the Official Google Blog. Fast Flip was designed to address one of the nagging problems of using the Web as a news source: when trying to...

A TechSource Blogger Forum: E-Readers and Libraries

The release of the Kindle 2 has set of a firestorm of speculation about how e-readers are going to transform (destroy?) the publishing industry. Anything with the potential to transform reading has the potential to transform librarianship. If widely adopted, these e-readers have the potential to allow libraries new ways to house and circulate material. But could there be downsides as well? ...

Update: Broadband Provisions Removed from the Stimulus; Debate not Over Yet

Despite some valiant efforts by librarians and other tech crusaders, money allocated for contributing to America's broadband infrastructure has been removed from the stimulus bill. From Ars Technica: The prospect of an unprecedented federal outlay on broadband deployment, politically unimaginable a year ago, has brought together some strange bedfellows in recent months. For the first time, it...

Where is Library Technology in the Stimulus?

With the stimulus debate heating up in Washington, librarians are wondering where (if anywhere) we fit in to the economic recovery plan. David Bigwood at Catablogging raised the question yesterday, and our own Jenny Levine pointed out that our Washington office is on the case. But what about Library Technology specifically? As we've pointed out in previous posts, many libraries are being forced...

Life at the Speed of Twitter

I mentioned yesterday that ALA TechSource has started to use Twitter as a way to expand our coverage. It didn't take long for one of the fundamental facts about life on Twitter to emerge: Twitter is a fantastic tool for communication, but that communication is a double-edged sword. As soon as we attempted to make our presence felt, there were some readers who felt it, and used the opportunity to...

Obama, Libraries and Technology

In his first two days in office, President Obama has definitely given a lot of us the impression that he intends to be President 2.0. Obama's campaign famously used online social networking to tremendous effect, he has since been giving weekly addresses via YouTube and now the new White House Web Page includes a blog. Now that the President has taken office and new policies are being enacted,...

Net Neutrality Somehow Finds its Way Into the Economic Stimulus Bill

This is not a political blog, but when politics and technology collide, we'll be there. CNET reported yesterday that the democrats attempted to place net-neutrality legislation deep within the $825 billion bill. Supporters of net neutrality have been extremely vocal about their desire for President-elect Obama and the new Congress to push for Net Neutrality legislation, and it looks like Congress...

As Print Struggles, Twitter Flourishes

It's no secret that these are tough times for the publishing industry. We've been discussing the precarious position of the publishing industry for some time now, and the current economic crisis certainly isn't making things any easier. Meanwhile, new, mostly free Web 2.0 technology is flourishing, its popularity growing at an astonishing rate. Stephen's Lighthouse has some fantastic coverage of...

Librarians Exploring Cuil

In the culture of the Internet, the sound byte and 24/7 cable news networks, as soon as something is praised, it gets torn down and trounced. This process has accelerated so quickly that it sometimes seems like the two things are happening simultaneously. This has definitely been the case with Cuil As soon as Cuil developed a mainstream media buzz, the mainstream media was there to kill the buzz...

A “Cuil” New Way to Search

You don’t have to Ask Jeeves to know that a lot of search engines have come and gone since the web went mainstream. While in the past we may have yahooed, hot botted or altavista’d our way around the web, today there is no question that Google is king. Even if Google isn’t your preferred search engine, it’s hard to deny that it is the most popular engine, an industry standard and an unparalleled...

Internet Years & Dog Years: Remembering Jake

My dog Jake, the Internet, and I grew up together.I've been doing some year-end reflecting. It's that time, as resolutions are made and the fresh, shiny New Year beckons with promise. If you follow my "lifestream" -- Flickr photos, the TTW blog, Facebook, etc. -- you know this year had some ups and some downs. Losing Jake to old age was rough -- and losing my other Labrador Charlie one month...