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University College Dublin rolls out Google Apps to 40,000 mobile devices

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2013 by steve

“University College Dublin has saved over €230,000 a year by implementing Google Apps and Search Appliance to improve student and staff access to information. UCD is the largest university and research centre in Ireland, with 6,000 staff and 30,000 students …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 25 October]

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Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“Until now, massive open online courses have mostly reinforced existing hierarchies in higher education. MOOC providers have recruited elite institutions and offered them and their professors the opportunity to broadcast their courses to the world …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 September]

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UCD staff adopt Google Apps for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2013 by steve

“UCD has completed the transition of UCD staff mail to Google. This involved supporting approximately 6,000 staff through a migration of over 65 million e-mails. This follows the successful migration of the student body’s mail service to Google Apps for Education in 2011 …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 1 July]

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Let’s ban Google from colleges …

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Four words that strike terror and despair into the hearts of all academics : ‘oh, I googled it’. In TCD students have access to perhaps the finest research library on the Island …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 23 June]

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Computer training to be provided to 1,000 secondary teachers under new initiative

Posted in Teaching on June 1st, 2013 by steve

“A partnership between Google and Trinity College Dublin, which will see 1,000 secondary level teachers trained in computer science and more than 1,000 miniature computers provided to schools, has been welcomed by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Trinity College launches Computer Science Initiative for the 21st Century Classroom

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin today announced a three year partnership with Google to develop a new project aimed at transforming computer science in Irish schools …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 31 May]

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Case Law, Ireland: McKeogh v John Doe 1 (No.2), Facebook, Google and mandatory take down injunctions

Posted in Legal issues on May 19th, 2013 by steve

“In November 2011, Eoin McKeogh was falsely branded as a thief on YouTube, Google, Facebook and a number of websites. This was the result of a video and accompanying material which wrongly identified him …” (more)

[Inforrm's Blog, 19 May]

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Dublin student wrongly accused of evading a taxi fare wins case

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“A Dublin student wrongly branded a taxi fare dodger in a viral YouTube video has won a major victory in a High Court action against tech giants Facebook and Google …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 May]

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AP wins big: Why a court said clipping content is not fair use

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“A federal court has sided with the Associated Press and the New York Times in a closely-watched case involving a company that scraped news content from the internet without paying for it …” (more)

[Jeff John Roberts, paidContent, 23 March]

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Sad about losing Google Reader? Spare a thought for the blogs you had listed on it

Posted in Life on March 14th, 2013 by steve

International“Google announced last night that it will be shutting down its RSS feed, Google Reader, in a couple of months. It was an unpopular decision …” (more)

[Martha Gill, New Statesman, 14 March]

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Education investment key to securing our future

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Multinational companies always like to cite Ireland’s educated workforce as one of the reasons why they set up shop here …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 9 March]

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After France’s ‘success’, German press seeks remuneration from News snippets

Posted in Legal issues on March 4th, 2013 by steve

Germany“It seems that Google just can’t past this whole ‘stop pirating our bylines’ thing these days: the German lower parliament approved a bill requiring Google (and other search engines) to pay a licensing fee for re-publishing bylines of news stories …” (more)

[Liam Boogar, Rude Baguette, 4 March]

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Germany wants Google to pay for news citations, passes re-publishing bill

Posted in Legal issues on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

Germany“The lower house of the German parliament, known as the Bundestag, has approved a new bill that would require search engines to pay a license fee for re-publishing content longer than ‘individual words or short excerpts’. The bill passed by a vote of 293 to 243, with three abstentions …” (more)

[Cyrus Farival, Ars Technica, 2 March]

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Google must act quickly on libellous Blogger posts, says appeal court

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Google may have to act quicker to remove potentially libellous posts from its Blogger platform following a court of appeal ruling in London. The court ruled that a gap of five weeks between a complaint being made and the removal of allegedly defamatory comments on a blogpost could leave it open to a libel action …” (more)

[Lisa O'Carroll, Guardian, 14 February]

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Why Google’s settlement with French publishers is bad for the web

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2013 by steve

France“While Google may see its payments to French publishers as a smart move for its own short-term purposes, the deal is still being seen by many as a payment for links, and that could set a dangerous precedent …” (more)

[Mathew Ingram, GigaOm, 4 February]

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Using Google Hangouts for Higher Education blogs and workshops

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2013 by steve

“… Google+ and its video chat service Google Hangouts offer enormous potential for academics and researchers to connect and collaborate, writes Amy Mollett as she shares some of the ways that LSE Review of Books plans to use this new social platform …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 31 January]

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Google Plus Engagements

Posted in Life on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“I just don’t understand why Google+ gets dismissed as a place for meaningful online activity. Just looking at brands, I see there are 30 brands above the million follower mark on G+ compared to 33 on Twitter …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 29 January]

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Google, Facebook and Twitter may ‘face EU defamation and privacy cases’

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“Libel expert says firms’ Ireland presence opens them up to lawsuits from people abused by bloggers and tweeters …” (more)

[Henry McDonald, Guardian, 24 January]

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Google made €50 million copyright offer, French publishers want €100 million

Posted in Legal issues on January 22nd, 2013 by steve

France“As Google gets bogged down with the French government over a so-called ‘internet tax’, the newspaper Le Monde reports that the search giant tried and failed to reach a large-scale copyright deal before Christmas …” (more)

[Jeff John Roberts, paidContent, 21 January]

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What Google’s settlement with the FTC means for users

Posted in Legal issues on January 3rd, 2013 by steve

“In a major win for the search giant, it avoids a battle over search bias. The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has completed a nearly two-year investigation into Google’s business practices. Here are some of the key takeaways: …” (more)

[Casey Newton, CNET News, 3 January]

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