Never content to remain static long enough for an author to reference it in a book, Google has changed the name of its “My Maps” app to “My Places.” You can still create a map (which is what My Maps was) by clicking the “Create New Map” link, but if you’re writing about My Maps — you’d better revise. The name change is confirmed at the Google LatLong blog.
To take advantage of the free hosting feature of the Internet Archive, I have saved this file at the IA
Critics, including myself, of the extension of copyright that resulted from the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (a law that extended copyright to last for the life of the author plus 70 years), should be elated by the recent arrival of a new treasury of streaming audio offered by the Library of Congress. Called “The National Jukebox,” LOC launched access to this collection of over 10,000 sound recordings in May 2011.
Although the works in the collection would seem to be in the public domain (the materials date from 1901 to 1925) they are still copyrighted, because rights to sound recordings differ from those for books and sheet music; you can listen to the recordings, but you may not make copies. Nonetheless, the Sony Music Corporation granted LOC a “gratis license” to use the recordings, and even helped the Library digitize the master recordings. The license enables the mass distribution of these recordings as streaming sound files, and though the files cannot be downloaded, you may embed them on your website or store them in playlists.
Here is a link to a baseball oriented playlist I made at the Jukebox.
Mashable reports that jewelry juggernaut Tiffany & Company has launched a site called “Love is Everywhere” that features a user-generated content component (another case of end users providing content that ultimately results in promoting a business. The user-generated component is a map on which site visitors can identify a location, put their initials (and the initials of their partners) on the map, and add a very brief comment concerning why that locale is romantic.