LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 191

MAGAZINE STORIES

1. V.V.V. “China’s Internet titan: preparing for battle

The Economist  (April 30, 2013)

Social networking is flourishing in China. The Internet giant Alibaba has signaled its ambition to become involved in social media by acquiring a $586m stake in Sina’s Weibo micoblogging platform. This alliance will help Alibaba to shore up its position against the growing challenge from Tencent in China’s booming e-commerce market.

The Economist is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b599666

2. Diep, Francie. ”
Cellphone data helps plan better bus routes,”
Popular Science (May 1, 2013)

How can cellular phones help urban planning? Researchers at IBM, using movement data collected from millions of mobile phone users in Ivory Coast in West Africa, have developed a new model for maximizing urban transportation system.

Popular Science is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b322292

 

FEATURED BOOK

Book cover

Why cats land on their feet : and 76 other physical paradoxes and puzzles

(Q173 .L545 2012)

Ever wonder why cats land on their feet? Or what happens when a helium balloon is tossed around in a space station? In this work, Mark Levi presents 76 physical problems and their solutions in an enlightening and intriguing way. With no heavy use of mathematical formula, this book is an enjoyable read, and you will have a better sense of how the world works after walking through these paradoxes and puzzles.

 

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

CERN announced free World Wide Web protocols

On 30 April 1993, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN, published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing everyone to freely publish on the Internet.

To celebrate this moment in history, CERN is bringing the very first Website back to life at its original URL.

Related Library Materials
Weaving the Web: the original design and ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web by its inventor / Tim Berners-Lee

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