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.