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Germany challenges Google

Sylvère Lotringer

Now that plans to renovate the New York Public Library have been canceled, its fate is unclear. Most of the research collection has been moved off-site. “Are empty stacks going to be the permanent and visible sign of the library’s recent misadventure?” wonders Caleb Crain at the New Yorker. “A few years ago, the library spent fifty million dollars restoring its façade. It’s painful to think that the money can’t be found to repair its heart.”

Forbes lampoons Vox—the newish website whose mandate is to condense and distill complex news—by explaining the website in its own style. Matt Saccaro of the Daily Dot points to several recent embarrassments for the website, which he says “almost immediately abandoned its ‘the smartest thinkers and the toughest questions’ mantra for drones rather than thinkers, and sharebait instead of questions.”

The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has yet to report on the Amazon/Hachette dispute (i.e., the fact that Amazon appears to be delaying shipments of Hachette books).