So the National Emergency Library raises a familiar set of tradeoffs. Some people (and libraries) can’t afford to buy ebooks, especially during the pandemic, and the Internet Archive is helping them access important resources. Some people might check out free copies of books they’d never buy, then become longtime fans of an author, creating a win-win situation for everyone. The Internet Archive encourages people to buy books if they can afford them. But anecdotally, authors complain that free online scans have damaged sales and sabotaged future publishing deals — and right now, the book world’s future looks particularly grim. … [Read more...] about The National Emergency Library is offering free ebooks — but is it lending or piracy?
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NEW DELHI: After Airtel and BSNL, now telecom operator Vodafone Idea has come forward to help the people of the low-income groups in the times of coronavirus lockdown. The telecom operator has announced an extension in the validity of its prepaid plans till April 17, 2020. This free of cost extension in plan validity timeline will enable millions of feature phone users of both Vodafone and Idea to continue to receive incoming calls, even if the validity of their plan expires earlier. Along with this, the service provider is also offering talktime credit of Rs 10 in the account of nearly 100mn feature phones using customers to ensure that they continue to stay connected with their family and friends by making calls or sending SMS. This validity extension and talk time are being credited in the accounts of all eligible customers, as fast as possible, over the coming days. Avneesh Khosla, Marketing Director, Vodafone Idea said, “Our customers must remain connected without … [Read more...] about Vodafone offers free talktime, extends validity of all prepaid plans till April 17
TechCrunch said Baratz acknowledged that there is no guarantee that the teams that will get access to its systems will come up with any workable solutions. ”But what we do know is that we would be remiss if we didn’t make this tool available,” he added. … [Read more...] about D-Wave is offering free access to its quantum computers for Covid-19 researchers
With people being told to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, many Uber drivers are struggling to earn money. The $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last week by President Trump offers jobless benefits, like unemployment insurance, to previously ineligible groups, like gig workers. … [Read more...] about Uber pledges 10 million free rides and deliveries for workers affected by COVID-19
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