WOUNDED PRIDE

Google Seizes French National Library

Google has gotten one step closer to its ultimate goal of making all information searchable. The company agreed Tuesday to digitize France's National Library, ending a lengthy controversy stoked by national pride. One former library official—somewhat prone to hyperbole—claimed that "Europe's literary and historic heritage was under threat from an Anglo-Saxon takeover," the Times of London reports. But in the end, cultural pride took a back seat to financial concerns. Google simply has the means to digitize the ample collection faster than the French government.