Battle for the Net Day of Action

Today is a day of action for a coordinated effort to convince Congress to stop the vote to repeal existing net neutrality provisions. A meeting is scheduled to vote on this matter on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Call or email them and let them ask them to to stop the vote. Let them know:

  • We want an open and free Internet. A neutral open Internet, free of censorship is essential to free speech.
  • Small businesses rely on an open and free Internet.
  • We do not want ISPs to block content, websites or applications.
  • We do not want ISPs to slow or speed up services or create classes of service.
  • We do not want ISPs to charge online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers’ customers.
  • We know that the initial comment period on this rule change was interfered with by fake submissions and comments from Russian email addresses.
  • We know that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has REFUSED to cooperate with New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation into the identity theft surrounding these irregularities.

Ask your member of congress to delay the vote!

I wrote both my senators and my congressman today. What did you do?

#battleforthenet

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Daily Links and Deals: Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 29,  2016:

Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen (PC World) I could enjoy this. Then,  I wouldn’t have to stop the music and say, “Alexa, what song is this?”

$89 Linux laptop? Check out the new Pinebook from Raspberry Pi rival Pine (ZD Net) I’ve never used Linux, but I would give this a try when its available….

Playing with Fire: Hacking Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet (Lilputing) If you want to try hacking your tablet but are afraid of bricking it, you may want to start with the $50 version.

AT&T launches streaming TV service to compete with Vue, Sling (ComputerWorld) Another service aimed at cord-cutters. And, the pricing may not be as clear cut as it seems.

AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us) (The Verge) Related to the piece above. This sounds like a net neutrality nightmare.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Not So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick. You can also find The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year by Jonathan Strahan for $1.99.

Today’s Deals include slippers, pajamas and Back to the Future movies. I am sensing a trend here….

 

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The Romance Daily Find is A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River Series #4) by Robyn Carr.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. The Extra Daily Deal is The Tourist by Robert Dickinson.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. Get free shipping through December 31, 2016 on devices. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Net Neutrality Wins, Federal Court Upholds FCC Open Internet Rules

daily_links_1Today, the Federal Appeals court upheld the FCC’s rules for an open internet. Also, a new Netflix app for ipad with picture in picture capabilities, a Kindle update that will make a lot of users happy, and a seemingly overreaching copyright suit about the Walking Dead. In deals, 10 books in the Aimee Leduc mysteries and ongoing deals on Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TVs and the Amazon Tap.

Daily Links for Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

Net Neutrality Wins: Federal Court Upholds FCC Open Internet Rules (Motherboard) Given the importance of the internet in our lives, this is a win for the people. However, that may not mean that the fight is over.

Netflix’s iPad app now supports Picture in Picture multitasking (The Verge) Can I please, please, PLEASE have this for my desktop?

AMC threatens copyright lawsuit over Walking Dead spoiler (TorrentFreak) Wait a minute – they are claiming copyright infringement for talking about what happens on an episode that hasn’t aired yet?

Kindle Update v5.8.1 Restores Reading Progress Dots, Adds New Sharing Options (The Digital Reader) Good news for lovers of those progress dots: They’re back!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes 10 books in the An Aimee Leduc Investigation series by Cara Black.

In Today’s Deals, Father’s Day watches from Salvatore Ferragamo.

I have been talking for the last few days about the Amazon device sale that been going on. There’s just a few more days to order in time for Father’s Day delivery.   Here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Lighthouse by P. D. James for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The League of Night and Fog by David Morrell for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Epic Sci-Fi & Fantasy that includes some Star Trek Voyager novelizations.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links – Why you can’t have everything: The Netflix licensing dilemma

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, January 15, 2016:

Why you can’t have everything: The Netflix licensing dilemma (CNET) – Unfortunately, it is all about the money…

Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases (Techcrunch) – Apple has had this feature for a long time nwo.

FCC had “productive” net neutrality talks with Comcast, AT&T, T-Mobile (Ars Technica) – Still a contention issue, but at least everyone is talking.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Long, Tall Christmas (A Cowboy Christmas)  by Janet Dailey for $1.99 and The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson for 99 cents.

And just a reminder: Amazon is offering free streaming ofMozart in the Jungle Season  from tonight from 9:00 p.m. PT to 11:59 p.m. local time on Sunday,  January 17th. You can buy Amazon Prime for the reduced price of just $73 until then, too.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  The Finish: The Progress of a Murder Uncovered by Angela Elliott for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Forever Year: The Hearts of Men Book 1 by Lou Aronica for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable for $1.99.

The iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama for $1.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links: Why is the wildly popular email privacy act still stuck in congress?

daily_links_1Why is the wildly popular email privacy act still stuck in congress? (NextGOV) – This boggles the mind. Everybody wants this, so what is the problem?

Google’s Chromebooks make up half of US classroom devices (CNBC) – Seeing these numbers in just a few short years is pretty impressive!

Reporters from digital/niche outlets are replacing daily newspaper reporters in Washington (Nieman) – This says so much about the changing face of the news industry.

Oldweb.today lets you revisit how painfully slow and ugly the Web used to be (The Next Web) – Remember these days? Can you name the baud rate on your first computer modem?

If the FCC Loses in Court Today, It Could Be the End of Net Neutrality (Vice) – This is an important case for the future of the Net…

Sadly, today the music industry is mourning the loss of Scott Weiland, iconic front man for Stone Temple Pilots. The publisher has put Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir on sale for $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes. (Sorry, Kobo shoppers, it is $11.99 there).

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner 9-29-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

An Introduction to Law Library Services (Pro Se)

BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak (Bostone Globe)

New LA libraries program turns ‘story time’ into hands-on ‘coder time’  (KPCC)

International Library News:

UK and China sign MoUs on sport, libraries, fashion and tourism (GOV.UK)

National Library of Scotland Releases New Strategy Document, Includes Plan to Place One-Third of Collection Online During Next 10 Years (Infodocket)

Policy and Privacy:

Libraries File Amicus Brief Supporting Net Neutrality (ARL)

Copyright: 

Happy Birthday IS in the public domain (The 1709 Blog)

Reference and Statistics:

OpenLandContracts.org: A Database of Publicly Available Land, Agriculture and Forestry Contracts (CCSI)

New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data (USPTO)

Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015 (DOT)

New interactive application showcases habitat and wildlife restoration underway on the Great Lakes (Great Lakes Commission)

IPI launches new online media laws database (IPI)

Scientists create the first digital ‘tree of life’ for 2.3 million species (Christian Science Monitor)

Digital Collections:

How Esquire built Esquire Classic, a new standalone digital archive (Nieman Labs)

The 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet (The Kids Should See This)

Paper Museum” Goes Digital (Getty)

Introducing a Great New Experience for Reading Books on NAP.edu (NAP)

New Digital Archive at University of Utah Examines the Complicated and Multi-dimensional Sides of Suicide (University of Utah)

American Numismatic Society Introduces Digital Library (Coin Week)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

 

 

Library Corner 9-15-2015

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US Library News:

Little Free Libraries Felled by Arson, Bureaucracy (The Digital Reader)

10,000 zines and counting: a library’s quest to save the history of fandom [Updated] (The Verge)

Texas Library Launches a Digital-Only Library Card  (The Digital Reader)

Michigan Public Radio Publishes Series of Articles on the “Public Library in an Internet Age” (Infodocket)

International Library News:

Wales Plans National Library Card (The Digital Reader)

Toronto: A City in 100 Libraries (Torontoist)

Funding cuts had ‘savage impact’ on National Library of Ireland (Irish Times)

Windsor: Fewer books, more digital: $7.9 million helps create new library system (Windsor Star)

Literacy: Worldreader and Opera Software Partnership Reaches 5 Million Readers in Africa via Mobile Phones (Infodocket)

Policy and Privacy:

EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance (EFF)

Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case  (Associations Now)

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide–especially the Associated Press? (Library City)

Copyright:

EFF, Creative Commons, Authors Alliance, KEI, and New Media Rights Send Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Re: Orphan Works (Infodocket)

Reference and Statistics: 

Reference Resources: U.S. Census Adds New Features to World Population Clock Site Including International Map Viewer (Infodocket)

From Fee to Free: USA Trade Online Database From U.S. Census Will Become a Free Resource Beginning on October 15th  (Infodocket)

Slide Presentation: State of Old Dominion University Libraries, 2015 (Infodocket)

2014 Texas Public Library Statistics Available! (Library Developments)

Digital Collections:

Hear Blade Runner, Terminator, Videodrome & Other 70s, 80s & 90s Movies as Novelized AudioBooks (Open Culture)

First digital geological map of the world’s ocean floor (Lab News)

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Launches First of-its-Kind Criminal Justice Open Data Initiative (California Department of Justice)

New Online: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Publicly Releases Unclassified Data About the Arctic (Infodocket)

National Archives of Thailand: Going digital with online search (Bangkok Post)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.