Booting Up: Terms on Service on Your Terms Edition

Should've read the terms of service.

The cost of Google’s purchase of Frommer’s is said to be $23 million. At that price, how could they not buy it? [New York Times]

At last, a service that flags troublesome clauses lurking deep within those terms of service agreements you don’t read. No longer need you fear becoming part of a human CentiPad. [TechCrunch]

The latest addition to Facebook’s timeline: “Expecting a Baby.” The folks are going to love this. [Facebook]

The Pentagon is testing “hypersonic” flight technology that makes the Concorde (R.I.P.) look lame. Try New York to London in an hour. You can’t even get to Bay Ridge that fast. [CNN]

In the future, we will all telecommute via iPads on wheels with giraffe-like necks. [The Verge]


Google Apparently Totally Psyched About Travel Guides, Buys Frommer’s

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Could it be that Google hath the heart of a heretic and therefore doubts the power of that staple of Internet culture, the user-generated review? The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is buying travel guide maker Frommer’s from John Wiley and Sons, with an eye toward further beefing up its local reviews.

This comes on the heels of the company’s acquisition of restaurant review juggernaut Zagat.

No word on price yet, and it’s not clear whether those doorstoppers will continue to exist in print form. The whole brand might simply be folded into Zagat, which we’re sure employees of the storied Frommer’s brand will be simply thrilled about. Bernardo Hernandez, Zagat’s managing director of product management, told the Journal: Read More