News and Announcements 12/9/11

Today’s news deals with ebook pricing, the DOJ and Apple; the NLM and a new tool called NLMPlus; a Wisconsin ebook buying pool; funding for the Boston Public Library; and a new design for Twitter.

US Department of Justice joins Apple ebook pricing investigation

“Just a couple days after European antitrust regulators launched an investigation into allegations of ebook price fixing among Apple and several major book publishers, the US Department of Justice is now joining the fray. Computerworld reports that DOJ acting antitrust chief Sharis Pozen is “investigating ebook industry practices.”  While Pozen provided no additional information and didn’t specifically name Apple, the pattern so far has been decidedly unfavorable to Apple and its iBookstore.”

NLMplus: Both Showcase and Useful Tool

The National Library of Medicine announced its Show Off Your Apps Challenge awards in early November.  This report from Information Today focuses on one of the winners, NLMplus a “semantic, metasearch offering” from WebLib.  “After winning the award, WebLib substantially enhanced the product and released it to the public at the end of November 2011. The contest version of NLMplus targeted around 200,000 PubMed reviews dating back some 3 years, while the public version includes more than 1.6 million abstracts in its Semantic PubMed Reviews, the entire collection. It also has a meta-analyses subset of PubMed itself.”

Wisconsin: State Libraries Join e-Book Buying Pool

INFOdocket reported on this article from the Appleton Post-Crescent  that says the Wisconsin’s public libraries “are part of a statewide e-book buying pool to purchase $1 million in new content in 2012 for a Digital Download Center sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. The purchase will dramatically expand the center’s offerings — including e-books, audio books, videos and music — to all Wisconsin residents.”

BPL To Manage New State-Wide Digital Library

INFOdocket also reports this press release from Massachusetts State Representatives Marty Walz and Byron Rushing announcing “a new state-funded initiative for Boston Public Library that will expand library resources across the Commonwealth and provide additional state funding for Boston’s library system.”  Using this funding “BPL will develop and maintain the Library for the Commonwealth, a statewide digital library. ”

A New Version of Twitter

Resource Shelf reports from the Twitter blog that they have “simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new. You’ll see this new design both on and mobile phones, so that you’ll have a familiar experience any time, anywhere. We’ve also updated TweetDeck to be consistent with this new version.”

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