The state of the twittersphere (over Spring Break, try to work that word into a casual conversation)
No worries about a monopoly – U.S. and European regulators approve Microsoft/Yahoo search deal. On an unrelated note, Google resumes talks with China
A new study from the Pew Research Center tackles a question we all should have asked sooner: “Will Google make us stupid?”
Google is buying Aardvark — did anyone predict this after reading the last edition of Weekly Bytes?
Know your e-reading rights — a new white paper from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
This week’s news bytes were hand-picked from the updates at ResourceShelf:
The launch of Aardvark — a large-scale social search engine
The launch of Google Buzz — Google’s alternative to Facebook and Twitter?
Findings of the Pew Internet Project on social media — blogging on the decline among the young
- U.S. Oil industry hit by cyberattacks
- Insanely great?–Tech journalists at Ars Technica react to the iPad
- For the love of culture–Lawrence Lessig on Google, copyright, and our future
- So it’s called the iPad: Five thoughts on how it will (and won’t) change the game for news organizations
- Fastcase? There’s an app for that.–Legal research iphone app
- Who controls publisher prices?–Amazon and MacMillan agree to disagree for now, on who sets terms and prices for ebooks.
- Information overload versus filter failure–Clay Shirky argues we aren’t suffering from information overload, but rather an inability to filter what’s important
- Improve Your Website: #02 Navigation & Wayfinding–quick, easy changes you can make to your library website to improve navigation and wayfinding.
Here is the second installment of our Weekly Bytes series for the GSLIS community. Please enjoy the following resources, many of which have a mobile technology theme:
- Free Webinar on Mobile Learning – This 1 hour virtual session covers the emergence of Mobile Technologies and its game-changing effects on how we learn.
- 7 Tips to make your web site mobile-friendly - This covers some great points on how to take your current web site and make sure it is ready for viewing on the growing population of mobile devices.
- Top 10 Mobile applications for 2012 - This lists includes the sorts of technologies that are just now coming into their own and haven’t yet seen widespread adoption as well as the already common technologies that are still experiencing growth.
- Digital Native or Not? Learning Computers Later in Life – This is a great post by the New York Public Library that talks about the different ways to keep current on technology trends at any age.
- The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report 2010 Preview - The report preview organizes topics by “time to adoption” and includes a description of the topic; the relevance for teaching, learning, and creative expression; examples of how the topic is being applied, and suggestions for further reading.
- Complete Guide to Google Wave – Have a Google Wave account? Confused as to what to do next? Check out this free comprehensive guide where you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to use Google Wave to get things done with your group.
- Memento: Time Travel for the Web – This presentation introduces the Memento solution to allow time travel on the Web using the Library of Congress.
- Google Image Swirl – Google Image Swirl combines a variety of image similarity features with additional metadata about the images to build a hierarchy of clusters of image search results.
- Appvent Calendar – This is a neat advent calendar of free iPhone and iPod Touch games that are available for the whole month of December in the Apple App Store.
- Apple Gift Giving Guide - Here are 10 great holiday gifts perfect for the Apple fan in your life, compiled by the writers at Mashable. They run the gamut from stuff that touts an Apple fan’s devotion to those just add a little bit of flair to an existing Mac.
Have a great week!