Stop Press for May 2nd

May 3, 2011

  • ANDREW NORMAN WILSON: Workers Leaving the Googleplex "However, a fourth class exists at Google that involves strictly data-entry labor, or more appropriately, the labor of digitizing. These workers are identifiable by their yellow badges, and they go by the team name ScanOps. They scan books, page by page, for Google Book Search. The workers wearing yellow badges are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed – ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author’s books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in."
  • The People’s Royal Wedding Book – Add your view! Lulu-powered, fully customisable, (almost) instant souvenir. Nice work.
  • The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog "Easier book piracy probably isn’t what Google had in mind, but they accidentally built a system which enables just that. [..] we shouldn’t be too surprised to find ourselves moving into a Dirk Gently future, in which off-kilter left-field ricochet consequences happen at an ever-increasing rate."

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