But the Emergency Library isn’t relying on CDL legal doctrine, according to a frequently asked questions page. “This library is being mobilized in response to a global pandemic and US national emergency,” reads the page. “We believe this is an extraordinary moment in time that requires assistance at a scale that we are able to provide.” Effectively, it sounds like the Internet Archive and libraries have built a uniquely massive repository of books, and in a moment of crisis, they’re prioritizing accessibility over nailing down a legal argument. … [Read more...] about The National Emergency Library is offering free ebooks — but is it lending or piracy?
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WFH Soundtrack Listen to these playlists from Amazon Music while you work from home These expertly created playlists from Amazon Music will help you power through any mood and all the feels of working from home during forced isolation. There are over 20 that Amazon is featuring in the app right now, but here are my 12 favorites. … [Read more...] about Yes, Twitch is down right now for everyone [Update]
OpenTable’s new tool will allow you to choose a vacant time slot or join a waitlist at partnered supermarkets and other essential businesses, much like setting up a reservation at a restaurant. Currently, seven partners across Los Angeles and San Francisco — six restaurants turn pop-up markets plus one local grocery store are using the new feature, but OpenTable told The Verge it is in “active talks with other national grocers/retailers.” … [Read more...] about OpenTable will allow people to reserve shopping times at supermarkets
Vint Cerf, vice president of research at Google and one of the main creators of the internet, has tweeted that he tested positive for coronavirus. He also recommended people watch an HBO segment from comedian John Oliver about preventative steps that the US needs to take. … [Read more...] about Internet pioneer Vint Cerf has COVID-19, points to criticism of US response
NEW DELHI: Communications and postal minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has given instructions to strengthen the telecom and postal network to ensure that connectivity remains robust during efforts to tackle coronavirus menace. The minister said that emergency requirements for establishing and maintaining helplines/IVR systems, control rooms, hospitals, and ambulance services should be taken up on a priority basis. “Posts and telecom are essential services and they must be maintained without any interruption,” the minister said in a review meeting. Prasad also said that post offices, which have the largest network across the country, should be leveraged upon for delivery of essentials like medicine, masks, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), with the coordination of state governments. “The concept of ‘post office on wheels’ should be promoted and established in all the circles,” he said. He also said that Aadhar-enabled payment system, which enables … [Read more...] about Take up telecom issues related to running of emergency services on priority: Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad