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Run the Great Wall Marathon with Christine!
Children Come First (CCF) is proud to sponsor Christine Gary as she runs marathons for charity on all seven continents. There’s a phrase in marathon running called “hitting the wall.” It’s when the body’s energy stores are depleted around mile 20 with 6 miles to go on an empty tank. For Christine’s next marathon, she’ll be hitting the wall in more ways than one. She’ll push past energy exhaustion and hit the wall, while ON the wall. The Great Wall of China.

Run Antarctica with Christine!
Your tax-deductible donation will make a difference!
Think about the coldest place on earth, a place so big that it's approximately the size of the United States and Mexico combined. Think about a place where 99% of its surface is covered by a permanent ice sheet, averaging over a mile in thickness, and sometimes even three. Think about one of the last pristine places on earth, an entire continent devoted to science. Then picture a young woman running a marathon there.

Xerox Technology to Fuel Espresso Book Machine
Click to enlarge ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2010 -- Xerox Corporation's (NYSE: XRX) digital technology will bring speed and exceptional image quality to books produced on demand by the patented Espresso Book Machine®. This cutting-edge book solution, sold by On Demand Books, LLC, produces millions of copyrighted, public domain, out-of-print, or rare texts for consumers in a matter of minutes.

The Espresso Book Machine: An ATM for books
Updated 2010.01.15. Article originally posted in 2006
Illustration of ATM Book Machine by Aaron GoodmanWe originally heard about the Espresso Book Machine from a CNN article published in 2006 that looked at innovations coming our way in 2007. Since we first posted this news item to the CCF website in 2006, the machine has gotten smaller and faster. Now, a January 14, 2010 press release by the Xerox Corporation announced that Xerox' technology is to fuel the Espresso Book Machine. The 2006 article stated that, "Buying a book could soon be as easy as buying a pack of gum. After several years in development, the Espresso - a $50,000 vending machine with a conceivably infinite library - is nearly consumer-ready and will debut in ten to 25 libraries and bookstores in 2007. The New York Public Library was scheduled to receive its machine in February." With Xerox's addition to the mix, an ATM for books is fast becoming a realigy.

New Federal Trade Commission Regulations Discussion
Mary Engle, Associate Director of the Division of Advertising Practices at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, spoke at the 2009 KidLitosphere Conference. Her talk centered on the FTC's newly revised guidelines regarding bloggers and their use of online endorsements and testimonials.

Ojolie's Card of the Month: Beautiful eCards & Service
Check out this company's beautiful eCards
We're happy to introduce Ojolie animated eCards to our visitors.  We have been looking for such a company for quite some time, a company that not only offers beautiful eCards but also has good customer service. This is what we've found in Ojolie.

About GOOG-411
Google's 411 service is free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses for free.

It's Back! Total Solar Eclipse Hit Skies
picture of a solar eclipseDid you get your pinhole cameras--and laptops--ready on Friday, August 1st? That's when a total solar eclipse occurred as the moon passed directly between the sun and Earth for the first time in more than two years. Get all the information about how eclipses work in this SciAm in-depth report" [from the Scientific American email newsletter. Click here to view report].

House Subcommittee Vote Could End Books for the Blind
The services that NFB provide are desperately needed, not only by blind Americans but by countless children with reading/learning disabilities that rely on the Talking Book program. And the NFB is right in saying the technology needs to be updated. Our hope is that word gets around of what's afoot in government chambers and folks will rally around the NFB and ask that funding remains as is, if not that it be increased.

Explore the NY Times Archives
December 18, 2006
Image of archived NY Time newspapersWe've been receiving and enjoying a free subscription to The New York Times online for quite some time. Now they have launched TimesSelect, a service that gives you access to every article published in The New York Times since 1851. What we liked about this service is that, especially for writers, it allows them a 14-day free trial period where they research articles published for the past 100 years. Afterwards, if they find the service worthwhile, they can subscribe on a year-to-year basis.

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