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    Google s encyclopedia with ads could challenge Wikipedia Arizona Republic Google Inc. is working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will consist of material
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2007
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      Google's encyclopedia with ads could challenge Wikipedia
      Arizona Republic

      "Google Inc. is working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will
      consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as
      experts and possibly profit from their knowledge. The concept,
      outlined late last week in a posting on Google's Web site, poses a
      potential challenge to the non-profit Wikipedia, which has drawn upon
      the collective wisdom of unpaid, anonymous contributors to emerge as a
      widely used reference tool. Google is calling its alternative 'knol'
      -- the Mountain View-based company's shorthand for a 'unit of
      knowledge.' For now, submissions are by invitation only as Google fine-
      tunes the system, but the Internet search leader said it will
      eventually publish articles by all comers." (12/16/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3adq5k

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      6) TX: Troubled times for peyote harvesters
      Reuters

      "Mauro Morales has chickens in his yard, deer antlers hanging from the
      fence and a shed full of peyote behind his house. A slight, balding
      man in his 60s, Morales is one of just three 'peyoteros' in the
      country licensed by the government to sell the small green cactus that
      contains the hallucinogen mescaline. His profession is an old one that
      used to be more common along the Rio Grande, the only place where
      peyote grows in the United States. Now it is threatened by the forces
      of modernity. His customers are the 250,000 to 400,000 members of the
      Native American Church, the only people in the United States for whom
      peyote is legal. The government warily allows them to buy it because
      it has been part of indigenous religious ceremonies for
      centuries." (12/16/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2hmlsj

      Shelly Waxman
      www.thelawyer.info
      New Book--The Josephus Enigma
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