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News junkies beware: The New York Times released a beta version of myTimes, a customizable homepage for your favorite Times content. TechCrunch is not impressed, although Jenny Levine at Shifted Librarian makes the comment that this is a “tipping point” for the mainstream public and their acceptance of RSS and news aggregators. Plus, if you are a New York Times fanatic, its fun to play with all the widgets!

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Jenny Levine describes the Google application for offline access to the Google newsreader on her blog. In a nutshell,

Basically, Google Gears is code that anyone can embed in their online tools to make them available offline. It’s integrated into Google Reader via a one-time install that doesn’t even require you to restart your browser. Once activated, a little icon appears in the upper right-hand corner, green for online, purple for offline.

Perfect for those who have downtime between Internet access points…

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This very cool story about the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County gives me hope for libraries and relevancy in the 21st century!  The IT director charged her staffers with finding and using Web 2.0 technologies in the course of their jobs.  The results? They developed a program called Learning 2.0 which is being adopted by libraries around the country to insert Web 2.0 tools into their workflow and their outreach to communities.  Way cool!

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