Friday News: new Dropbox services, Cambridge cancels “Gone With The Wind” ball, 10 African American female firsts, and a new study on US library and technology use
Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month – As Dropbox continues to focus on building its Dropbox for Business service, it is also expanding options for users, including the ability to manage both personal and professional Dropbox accounts without having to log in again. This feature, as well as others, will “drop” on April 9th. Analysts anticipate that Dropbox is preparing to file for its own IPO, especially since its biggest rival, Box, has allegedly just done so. Dropbox is currently used by 200 million people.
Meanwhile, the price of online storage is falling steadily toward zero. This week, Google slashed the price of storage on Google Drive, dropping the price for storing 1 terabyte of data from $49.99 a month to $9.99 a month. Dropbox consumer storage tops out at 500 gigabytes for $49.99 a month. Company founder Drew Houston has said in the past that users care more about having a service that works than how many gigabytes they are using, but that could change as Dropbox’s rivals continue offering more space for less money –The Verge
Cambridge college cancels ‘racist’ Gone with the Wind themed ball – The piece I recently linked to on the Great American novel, and the discussion that ensued in the comments, made this story particularly relevant. Students were basing the party on the film and not on the novel, but in response to student complaints (a student is quoted in the story), the event was canceled. In an ironic twist:
The row comes only a week after students at Cambridge and Oxford University launched a photo campaign to highlight their experiences of racial discrimination at the university. –The Guardian
10 African American Female Firsts – So in honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve been collecting links on notable women and notable accomplishments by women, and given the previous story, this seems particularly appropriate. The list includes Madame CJ Walker, the first American woman to earn million dollars from her own business, and Bessie Coleman, the first American (man or woman) to get an international pilot’s license, among others you may or may not be aware of (all of whom provide great inspiration for Romance heroines). –Kuriositas
Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users – There are a lot of interesting things about this story, and about the Pew study on which it reports. For example, more than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries. This finding also correlates positively with general community engagement (not a surprise), and with technology use (perhaps more of a surprise). What’s particularly interesting are the results related to so-called “information overload,” which is not a concern for most people (less than 20 percent), and those who do report this feeling are less engaged with both technology and libraries.
“A key theme in these survey findings is that many people see acquiring information as a highly social process in which trusted helpers matter,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and a main author of the report said. “One of the main resources that people tap when they have questions is the networks of expertise. Even some of the most self-sufficient information consumers in our sample find that libraries and librarians can be part of their networks when they have problems to solve or decisions to make.” –PBS Newshour