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Wednesday, 12th December 2007

Briefs: MS Acquires Multimap & New Map Features; Credo Reference works with WiLS to Provide Online Reference to Member Libraries

+ 192.com's (UK Directory Search) Christmas Card Address Finder

+ Briefs: Credo Reference works with WiLS to Provide Online Reference to Member Libraries
See Also: Eight Key Greenwood Titles now included in Credo Reference’s General Reference Service

+ MSFT Acquires Multimap
In the past month Multimap has added the powerful interactive maps the Tube and Metro in London and Paris. They have also added a layer using Wikipedia data that offers direct links to info about a specific location. This is something that NASA's 3D digital globe, World Wind, has offered for some time.

+ Congressman questions Google on data retention and privacy policies (via AP)
A House Republican on Wednesday sent a letter to Google Inc. , asking the Internet search company to provide more information about its search practices and targeted advertising.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in the letter he was concerned about the privacy and consumer-protection implications stemming from Google's proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of New York-based DoubleClick, which places and tracks online ads for clients.

He sent a list of 24 detailed questions to Mountain View, Calif.-based Google regarding its data retention and privacy policies and how it uses such information. If the acquisition is approved, Barton wants the same questions answered for DoubleClick.


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