The online conundrum

Taking the internet and putting it in the real world:

German publishing giant Bertelsmann plans to publish the world’s first reference book based on entries gathered from Wikipedia, the mammoth online encyclopedia written by volunteers.

Bertelsmann believes some people who would rather leaf through a hands-on, printed book than surf through the Internet.

The company said on Wednesday, April 23, it would publish a print, German-language version of free online encyclopedia Wikipedia based on the 50,000 most commonly searched terms on the Web site from the past two years.

Meanwhile, Google faces the wrath of a private investigator.

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