Google's Digital Library Shelved
Google's controversial plan to digitise millions of books and create the world's biggest digital library has been shelved by a New York judge who said the deal was neither fair nor reasonable.
In what has been a long legal battle, Google's plans to build the world's biggest digital library, by scanning paper books from public and university libraries, has been dealt a serious blow. "Authors opposed to the revised Google books settlement are celebrating a surprise ruling in their favour by a New York judge. After 13 long months of deliberation, Judge Denny Chin has sided with critics of the settlement, throwing it out on the grounds that it is 'not fair, adequate and reasonable'. The ruling is the latest development in a long-running battle over Google's controversial plan to digitise millions of books and create the world's biggest digital library."
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.
- A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
- Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
- New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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