Briefly Noted for October 8, 2009

Setback for GPO Digitization Program — Via DigitalKoans, the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) has announced on its listserv that it has been unable to make an award for its 2008 RFP to digitize “all retrospective Federal publications back to the earliest days of the Federal Government.” The announcement does not explain why the GPO was unable to make the award, but simply says it is “currently developing new digitization alternatives.”

Slow on the Uptake? DOJ Launches I.B.M. Antitrust InvestigationThe New York Times is reporting that the United States Department of Justice has opened an antitrust investigation of I.B.M. and its dominance of the mainframe computer market. Is it me, or does this headline seem more 1979 than 2009?

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