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Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.

Posted Aug 18, 2006

A subtle shift is occurring in the way we value and manage our office content—those files that constitute 80% of the investments we all make in our mainstream office work: text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Today there are tremendous legal pressures to ensure that we abide by various mandated schedules to keep documents as long as the law requires (but no longer). On the flip side, practices are emerging to selectively destroy many of our documents that we need not keep at all. Destruction provides a measure of protection from widely cast subpoena nets.

Posted Jul 31, 2006

British software company etribes has launched a secure, online personal publishing and photo-sharing service for adults who are too busy to 'blog'.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

XMetaL, a provider in XML content creation and collaboration solutions, and Mekon Ltd., a DITA and XML content solutions consultancy organization, have announced FrameMaker Adapter for the DITA Open Toolkit.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Comcast has acquired thePlatform, a provider of digital media publishing solutions.

Posted Jul 07, 2006

As our content divides, sub-divides, and disperses like so many amoeba into the new digital mediaverse, anxiety must be running high among media companies. Ad dollars visibly drained from network television and print this past year, and most media budgets are fully in play now. Advertising allegiances are fluid, as big-brand accounts flip daily from agency to agency, and chief marketing officers warn the whole ad business that they better start coming up with answers to this growing problem of how to focus the scattering eyeballs of a fragmented landscape and deliver measurable results. Many in the media and ad industries are predicting doom, gloom, or at least a long passage through chaos.

Posted Jun 19, 2006

Spymac, a Macintosh community with over 1 million members, has announced Spymac Galleries, a photo and video community that lets users post photos, movies, and music online for free and then discuss photos, music, videos, gossip, news, etc. online with friends and other Spymac members.

Posted Jun 16, 2006

One of the great things about technical journalism is getting to talk to the people who are making the tools of tomorrow and thus changing the way we work. It’s also an opportunity to take the tools out for a spin. In this issue, I do my first comparative review of content-creation software XML Author and Developer tools.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

These days, Tim Berners-Lee’s dictum, “If it’s not on the Web, it doesn’t exist,” may need to be supplemented with, “And if your business is not creating XML content, it may soon cease to exist.” Here we take an extensive look at many of the popular XML content-creation tools on the market to help you navigate the power and potential of XML.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

PTC has launched its enhanced Windchill 8.0 content management system, which features integration with Arbortext XML authoring software. PTC, a Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Content Management solutions provider, acquired Arbortext in July of last year, and PTC developers have worked to leverage the synergies between the two companies to provide an integrated PLM content management and publishing system.

Posted Jun 06, 2006

New, global software standards are emerging for the publishing industry, promising to allow content to do more and make more. However, many publishers are hesitant to embrace these standards despite the potential they offer in easing workflow and enabling content reuse.

Posted Jun 01, 2006

XanEdu Custom Publishing, part of National Archive Publishing Company, has announced new features that will debut in its upcoming release of the CoursePack Control Center

Posted May 30, 2006

Cerenade, a software developer of Enterprise Forms Management Solutions and technology, has announced a new patent pending technology for the way electronic forms are created, managed, and secured in government and business.

Posted May 16, 2006

Mohive has announced the launch of Mohive eLearning Publishing System (eLPS) version 4.0.

Posted May 12, 2006

Xrefer, a provider of customizable online reference collections to libraries worldwide, has signed an agreement with Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), to make Xreferplus available to consortia members at a discount.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

SiteKreator, a Web2.0 solution for building and maintaining an interactive online presence, has announced public beta of its new SiteKreator Business Edition for entrepreneurs, small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and independent professionals.

Posted Apr 18, 2006

Creative Weblogging a company behind a blog media network has launched version 2.0 of the citizen reporter tool Creative Reporter.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

Belus Technology has released version 1.7 of XStandard, a standards-compliant WYSIWYG editor for Windows desktop- and browser-based content management systems (IE/Mozilla/Firefox/Netscape).

Posted Apr 14, 2006

Pulse Mobile, a provider of user-generated mobile content services, has announced the availability of the Veepers Content Engine (VCE), an automated mobile content creation platform designed specifically for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and online social networks.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

XMPie, a provider of dynamic publishing software, has introduced multi-lingual support for uStore, its eCommerce-enabled Web-to-Print solution.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

OpenOffice is a suite of free office tools originally developed as StarOffice for Sun Microsystems to compete with Microsoft Office. Microsoft and Sun have both developed XML support for their office suites, with major implications for managing structured content. Advanced content management systems allow contributors to edit in standard office documents, and XML simplifies the ingestion of that content into a CMS

Posted Apr 10, 2006

You can’t live forever, but thanks to a StoryBooth coming to a town near you, you might be able to live on in digital form (and even tell your grandkids what life was like before the Internet, though they might not believe you). StoryCorps, a national project designed to inspire people to record others’ stories, was formed to make digital recording accessible to the general public.

Posted Apr 07, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the Adobe PDF Print Engine, printing software technology that can output Portable Document Format (PDF) files that include complex designs and effects, such as transparency.

Posted Apr 04, 2006

NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, has announced the launch of the NextReads email newsletter service.

Posted Mar 28, 2006

For years, the ebook industry has been trying to bring ebooks into the mainstream, but hardware issues with the reader devices have held back widespread adoption. This could change this year when Sony debuts its reader featuring E Ink screen technology this Spring.

Posted Mar 28, 2006

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