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Monday, December 20, 2004

New RFID Standard

During the past week, EPC Global Inc. announced the ratification of the royalty-free EPCglobal UHF Generation 2 candidate specification."Announcement Marks Culmination of Collaborative Process; Opens Door for Proliferation of Standards-Based Hardware to Drive EPC Implementations Worldwide"
InformationWeek headline on the topic reads :"EPCglobal's next-generation standard boosts read rate of RFID tags".'s article chooses to highlight the "royalties" aspect of the new Standard :"RFID standard escapes royalties".

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Library Books, Searchable Online !

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced that it is working with the libraries of Harvard,Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oxford as well as The New York Public Library to digitally scan books from their collections so that users worldwide can search them in Google.

"Today's announcement is an expansion of the "Google Print" program,which assists publishers in making books and other offline information searchable online. Google is now working with libraries to digitally scan books from their collections, and over time will integrate this content into the Google index, to make it searchable for users worldwide".

What this means for publishers, authors and users ? According to the Press Release :

"For publishers and authors, this expansion of the Google Print program will increase the visibility of in and out of print books, and generate book sales via "Buy this Book" links and advertising. For users,
Google's library program will make it possible to search across library collections including out of print books and titles that weren't previously available anywhere but on a library shelf".

"Users searching with Google will see links in their search results page
when there are books relevant to their query. Clicking on a title
delivers a Google Print page where users can browse the full text of
public domain works and brief excerpts and/or bibliographic data of
copyrighted material. Library content will be displayed in keeping with
copyright law."

First the "Scholar" and now the "Libraries"...Its almost too good to be true...WOW !

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Panel Discussion On RFID and Data Privacy

SAP is hosting a panel discussion on RFID's impact on data privacy, at Brussels today A Webcast replay will be available on December 9, 2004.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster announced the "2004 Words of the Year".

"We've sorted through thousands of user hits from Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, Online Thesaurus, and Merriam-Webster to find the ten words that have most consistently piqued your curiosity this past year" said the editors of Merriam-Webster Online...And the #1 Word of the Year is...That's right you've guessed it, this four-letter word, meaning :

"a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."

"Blog" is the big word. And it wasn't yet officially in the dictionary. A spokesman for the dictionary publisher says "starting in July it showed up consistently in the top 50 words every day and that translates into tens of thousands of requests,...It was by far the most looked-up word... The word "Blog", short for Weblog, had been slated for inclusion in the 2005 annual update of both the print and online versions of Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, but in face of the demand, the company quickly added an early definition to some of its online sites".

Just so that we put it all in better perspective,here is how a word gets into Merriam-Webster dictionary i.e "typically, it takes about 20 years of usage to become prominent enough to merit a place in an abridged dictionary, such as the Collegiate".
Blog is one of the few exceptions...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

World Aids Day

Today is the World Aids Day. Here what you can find all about it.