Google Apologizes to Chinese Authors over Book Search Kerfuffle

Google (GOOG), the Web giant with ever-expanding ambitions, has apologized to thousands of Chinese authors furious that the Internet juggernaut scanned their work for inclusion in Google's book-search project without obtaining their permission, they say. In an effort to tamp down the growing furor, Google has also agreed to turn over a list of books written by Chinese authors that it has scanned as part of its book initiative.