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New Research Suggest Google Book Search Helps Publishers A Lot More Than It Hurts

(techdirt.com): Google Book Search (GBS) has captured the attention of many commentators and government officials, but even as they vigorously debate its legality, few of them have marshaled new facts to estimate its likely effects on publishing and other information markets. This Article challenges the conventional wisdom propounded by the U.S. and German governments, as well as Microsoft and other competitors of Google, concerning the likely economic impact of mass book-digitization projects.
   
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Why 'open' Android may lose to Apple iOS

(blogs.computerworld.com): Android has seen some success in its polygamous model. The OS that's anyone's for nothing is now inside many cellphone models from multiple networks and manufacturers. Android is among Apple's biggest threats in the smartphone world, along with Nokia, RIM, Microsoft and HP/Palm webOS. With so many contenders there really is no clear winner at the moment.
   
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Digital readers read more, claims survey

(online.wsj.com): A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing and Research Resources, funded by e-reader maker Sony Corp, found that 40% said they now read more than they did with print books. Of those surveyed, 58% said they read about the same as before while 2% said they read less than before. And 55% of the respondents thought they'd use the device to read even more books in the future. The study looked at owners of three devices: Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle, Apple Inc.'s iPad and the Sony Reader..
   
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Google Street View cars back too soon, says French watchdog

(computerworld.com): Google's Street View cars resumed their photography of French streets annoying the French data protection authority, which launched an investigation into the privacy implications of the service earlier this year. France's National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) said it was "premature" for Google to restart its collection of street images, given that its investigation of those activities is still not complete. While scanning streets around the world is costing Google money and goodwill, the return can be significant: The introduction of Street View imagery typically boosts traffic to the Google Maps service by 20% in the areas covered.
   
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E-Readers: Changing the Way We Digest Printed Materials?

(gadgets.tmcnet.com): While paper has long been the main medium for transmitting printed information, e-readers are changing this firmly established trend. In fact, according to a recent Associated Press (News - Alert) report, this trend is changing as a result of the marriage between an American technology firm and a Taiwanese display manufacturer. While this industry is fast growing, there are some who argue that the general public is not ready to completely do away with paper in favor of e-readers.
   
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