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Blawg Review: the Hitchhikers Guide to the Blawgosphere

Blawg Review, the self-professed “Carnival of Law Bloggers” features law blog reviews by a changing kaleidoscope of reviewers. In the current issue, Chicago IP lawyer and blogger Kevin A. Thompson, has just posted a fantastic review of law blogs using Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as the model, hosted on his blog Cyberlaw Central. See what is reviewed under Arthur Dent, Babel Fish, Ford Prefect, and all the rest! Under The Vogons, we even see Patrick Cormier’s recent Slaw post The Uneasy Lawyer and IT Dialogue from Jan. 25/06 mentioned while he’s off somewhere in the sun . . . [more]

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Law and the Baby Singularity

Ray Kurzweil’s very much in the air lately. He’s the MIT prof and former successful businessman who has written The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology in which he argues that information technology will overtake us and remove distinctions between human being and machine, and together with other advancing technologies, this leap will ensure us all a rosy future. (He’s not the first by any means to promise that accelerating change will at some point tip over into something completely different and liberating: older readers may have heard of the Roman Catholic priest and paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin who . . . [more]

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The Future of Google

In addition to its dumb list, Business 2.0 has a smart list this morning, on which Google is the smartest company with four provocative scenarios for the future of Google:

In the first, Google is the Media, Google becomes the media powerhouse and ends up with Pulitzer Prizes as the company capitalizes on Google TV, Google Mobile, and the rise of e-paper. The second is Google as the Internet, in which Free Wi-Fi, a faster version of the Web, the Gbrowser, and the Cube transform the technology landscape and the language. The third is the pessimist’s scenario . . . [more]

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From Business 2.0’s Dumbest Moments in Business 2005: The Legal List

Today’s Business 2.0 has its list of the follies of last year, in which I’m delighted to say that the legal fraternity have maintained their places of honour. And Google made the list twice. You can find the full list here, but to whet your appetite:

2. Investment bank error in your favor. Collect an additional $1.43 billion.
The judge in billionaire Ronald Perelman’s lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, exasperated by the latter’s delays in handing over documents, instructs jurors to assume that the firm committed fraud. The bank insists it isn’t stonewalling, just running into technology glitches. The jury . . . [more]

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That’ll Put You in Your Places Little Bloggers

Hadn’t realized just how passionate the anti-blogger movement had become until I read this morning’s Guardian Which some of us old’uns remember as the Manchester Guardian , and read about the distinguished German executive, Jean-Remy von Matt, the head of the leading German advertising agency Jung von Matt.

Herr Matt in one of those felicitous little epithets that male advertising executives are prone toWho could forget Neil French’s outburst at an ad industry event in Toronto when the WPP Group boss said there aren’t more female creative directors “because they’re crap” and they eventually “wimp out” and “go off . . . [more]

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GBS — Google, Baidu and Slaw, That Is

A comment in Boing Boing from a correspondent in China claimed that the Chinese don’t use Google but rather Baidu when they search. Whether or not that’s accurate — and whether it says anything about the importance of Google’s decision to conform to the Chinese government’s restraints and prior censorship — it made me go for a look. Chinese is, of course, within an ace of being the major language on the internet, and I’d never even taken their search engine for a spin.

I tested it with Slaw and, plus a couple of other variables, and came up . . . [more]

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Google and Libraries

Two days ago, a colleague and I chatted briefly about this:

“Today…the library is relinquishing its place as the top source of
inquiry. The reason that the library is losing its supremacy in carrying
out this fundamental role is due, of course, to the impact of digital
technology. As digital technology has pervaded every aspect of our
civilization, it has set forth a revolution not only in how we store and
transmit recorded knowledge, historical records, and a host of other
kinds of communication but also in how we seek and gain access to these
materials.” –Jerry D. Campbell, “Changing . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

Connie’s talk of podcasting got me moving finally, so I’m testing that here on Slaw. If it works, you’ll be free to broadcast your mellifluous tones throughout the whole Slaw world. Essentially a podcast is nothing more than a link to an mp3 file (that can then be downloaded to your iPod if you wish — hence the pod part). Here is that link.

I’m going to be using a new (to me) part of the Slaw posting apparatus, to see if I can ensure the file info gets included with the RSS feed. Members who are interested in . . . [more]

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Google Cache & Copyright – I Don’t Get It

I’m wondering everyone’s opinion on this:

I don’t get it. Google cache is an almost complete reproduction of a webpage, and goes way beyond legitimate copying in my mind. This decision seems to open the door for every scraping program on the web today. They add a couple highlighted terms, and that’s ‘transformative’? What’s next, ads next to the cached page?

And why is it incumbent on webmasters to add a ‘no-cache’ tag to their robots.txt file? It’s not like the old days where you submit your site to a search engine, Google now indexes without asking. Truth be . . . [more]

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House of Butter

House of Butter is the original blawg publishing the scuttlebutt on law publishers from around the globe, most notably Butterworths (thus, presumably, the name…). This blog has been around what seems like forever. The site is hosted by PracticeSource.

That is about all I can tell you about it. Originally I thought it was written out of the U.K., but more recently I believe it to be from Australia. I have no idea who created it or who writes it. The editor recently identified himself as “Sean”. I’m not even sure how one goes about submitting comments, although there . . . [more]

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