carluva writes: In 1909, the famous physicist Nikolai Tesla told the New York Times (subsequently reported by Popular Mechanics) that "it will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus . . . an inexpensive instrument not bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles. One may listen or transmit speech or song to the uttermost parts of the world." Tesla also predicted the wireless transmission of power; give us time, Mr. Tesla! Also see this video of a presentation by Popular Mechanics' Seth Porges; this topic is referenced near the end of the video.
carluva writes: The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and several other visual artist groups are suing Google over its digitization of of millions of books, claiming copyright infringement related to images within the books. The photographers initially wanted to be included in the authors' and publishers' class action suit, but filed their own suit after that request was denied. Google and others assert that images are only included in the digital copies when permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.
carluva writes: Google is teaming up with On Demand Books to offer paperback versions of its collection of over 2 million public domain books. The books will be able to be printed using ODB's Espresso Book Machine, which is already in use at several book stores and libraries and can print and bind a complete, paperback copy of a 300-page book in less than 5 minutes. Google and ODB each get $1 in royalties per book sold (Google has pledged to donate its proceeds to charities and nonprofit organizations).