Articles by Garson O'Toole

‘Kill’ the lawyers before they kill journalism?

By Garson O'Toole
May 17, 2009 // 5 Comments

Two powerful media lawyers are proposing extreme measures to “save journalism.” Apparently Google must be stopped from indexing the web unless a vast armada of lawyers is deployed to vet ever jot and tittle whilst billing by the hour. Also for safety reasons “hot news” must be allowed to [ on]

Google, Lessig challenge WSJ story

By Garson O'Toole
December 15, 2008 // 0 Comments

Responses to a Wall Street Journal article are now appearing from Google and Larry Lessig—both have substantial criticisms of the article. An earlier TeleBlog item discussed the WSJ piece in terms of the possible e-book ramifications if the article were right. It isn’t, according to [ on]

How Google now extracts text from images in PDFs

By Garson O'Toole
November 1, 2008 // 0 Comments

The official Google blog contains an announcement of a new strategy for building a more comprehensive index of the text on the web. A substantive fraction of Web documents are embodied in PDF (Portable Document Format) files that consist of images in series. These files do not contain text [ on]

Color e-paper debuts. Is it really e-paper?

By Garson O'Toole
October 30, 2008 // 0 Comments

Color e-paper will debut in a display from Qualcomm reports Technology Review in their November issue. The publication uses a curious definition for “e-paper”. They say it means the display “has no backlighting and thus can be read in direct sunlight.” The display consists [ on]

‘Social DRM’ needs another name: ‘Watermark’

By Garson O'Toole
October 26, 2008 // 5 Comments

Bill McCoy, the General Manager of ePublishing at Adobe, wrote an influential blog posting that catapulted the term “social DRM” into wide use. He said “For eBooks, I really like the ‘social DRM’ approach of The Pragmatic Programmers, who ‘stamp’ PDF eBooks [ on]

Oprah’s new favorite gadget: The Kindle

By Garson O'Toole
October 24, 2008 // 3 Comments

A Financial Times (FT) journalist believes that Oprah is likely to endorse the Kindle on her show on Friday. The front page of the Amazon store displays a teaser video featuring the talk show star; however, it is modified so that the gadget Oprah holds in her hand is hidden behind a superimposed [ on]

XO Laptops in New York City Schools

By Garson O'Toole
October 14, 2008 // 1 Comment

[Editors note:  any mistakes in this post are the editor’s, not the contributor’s.  PB] Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), originally wished to provide inexpensive laptops to poor children in developing countries. That seminal vision is now being realized in [ on]

Compulsory e-books—also known as ‘user manuals’

By Garson O'Toole
March 13, 2008 // 2 Comments

“When will publishers and consumers accept e-books on a wide scale?” is a question that many readers of this blog have probably entertained. Some powerful companies have already unabashedly embraced e-books. Perhaps you think I am referring to Amazon or Sony? But the relationships Jeff [ on]

Google Book Search: A powerful tool for investigating phrase origins

By Garson O'Toole
December 18, 2007 // 1 Comment

Google recently announced that Columbia University has become the 28th library to join with Google Book Search “to digitize works from its collections, and make them searchable and discoverable online.” For many years TeleRead has been in the vanguard in advocating the creation of huge [ on]

Chronicle of a Magazine Death Foretold: Business 2.0

By Garson O'Toole
October 8, 2007 // 0 Comments

My October issue of the magazine Business 2.0  was wrapped in a white cover emblazoned with black and red lettering that proclaimed: “This is your last issue of Business 2.0 magazine.” No, this was not because my subscription was expiring. It was because the magazine was expiring. The [ on]

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