A new e-book reader for kids will capitalize on the highly refined Etch-a-Sketch two knob interface and will include a ventilator to simulate the breath of reading parents, but will not display text. Or pictures.
Google suggests that the worthiness of its pursuit justifies a prompt settlement in the Book Search case. But in fact, it is the very enormity of the issue that demands it be deliberated publicly, not haggled over privately.
An agreement between Google, The Authors Guild of America, and the Association of American Publishers has touched off the most vociferous battle between technology companies since the inception of the Internet.
Martin Nisenholtz, who heads digital operations at The New York Times Company, says that companies who create low cost, highly verticalized and contextualized content will get "very rich" from AdSense.
Google has struck back against AT&T in the ongoing battle over net neutrality, the idea that broadband providers like AT&T should not discriminate against services that compete with their own offerings.