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4Cast #92: Online Book Discussions…Interactive Websites…Vista Drops in Price…Another Google Hook-up?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

1. Live, Online Book Discussions?
Oprah’s new Live Book Club launched on Monday, March 3rd. Approximately 500,000 simultaneous logons crashed the system, but Harpo Productions, Inc. says that they are going to keep trying. The club is available as a podcast on Oprah.com or iTunes.

2. Get interactive
Making websites interactive will boost traffic and can quite easily feature library activities and services. Putting your librarians – and even your patrons – in the spotlight will make users keep coming back to see what’s new.

3. Oh, Vista
Microsoft significantly dropped the price of Vista when it released it to 70 different countries last week. Price cuts vary by country, but if purchased in the US, only the higher-end versions get the new price.

4. Ask.com / Google Hook-up?
First Jeeves left Teoma…now Ask?

4Cast #88: Microsoft/Yahoo, New Google Views, Amazon/Audible, Going Green

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  “Microsoft + Yahoo = ?”

Microsoft’s bold and unsolicited $44.6B bid for Yahoo shocked many and even appalled a few bloggers.  Meanwhile, the world waits for Yahoo to make its move.

2.  New Search Views in Google

For as long as we can remember, Google search results have been displayed in a vertical list of 10 results.  Now, in addition to this list, you can also view results by Map, Timeline, or Info.

3.  Amazon Buys Audible

Internet giant Amazon.com has announced that it will acquire a leading online provider of spoken word audio content, Audible.com.

4.  The Green Scene

Libraries are an obvious choice for the “green” consumer, and now they’re kicking it up a notch by introducing additional green initiatives and ideas.