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The Future Is in the Cloud

(sys-con.com): The computing scenario in the business of the near future may very well look like this: every employee has a desktop computer and can send email, access the company database, pull up the CRM interface, generate invoices and letters, and do everything they always have. The only difference is, when you go looking for the data center that powers all this computing activity, you won't find it. The space that might have been IT has been given other productive uses. And the considerable funds that the company might have spent on extra IT staff has other uses as well.
   
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Time and experience are no friends of peer review

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): A study billed as the most extensive conducted of peer reviewers has exposed an unexpected flaw in the process. While it might seem safe to assume that experience brings benefits, the research by academics at the University of California, San Francisco suggests that no fewer than 92 per cent of reviewers "deteriorate" over time.
   
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Copyright exemption won't lead to the demise of Canadian publishers

(oncampus.macleans.ca): As discussion over Bill C-32, the federal government's controversial copyright bill, heats up in Ottawa, educators, publishers, and authors remain concerned over what consequences await them if the proposed bill becomes law. One aspect of the legislation that has sparked a fierce debate between the publishing world and the education community is the addition of "education" as a category under the bill's fair dealing provision.
   
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Is the Cloud Too Weak to Support What Paper Can?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Opinions of Wikileaks in the wake of its publication of tens of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables certainly varies. Some have noted that it's hard to claim the cables were terribly secret since 2-3 million government employees have clearance to see this level of "secret" document, and 500,0000 of these people have access to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRnet) where the cables were stored. Others have pointed to the embarrassment and erosion of trust associated with their release as an obstacle to American diplomatic efforts. No matter your opinion, one aspect of the swirl of stories emanating from the Wikileaks diplomacy scandal should trouble publishers and librarians alike - the fact that service providers like Amazon and PayPal are backing away from Wikileaks, invoking "terms of service" and "acceptable use policies" to justify their actions.
   
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Hyperlinks thread that binds the web, Supreme Court told

(vancouversun.com): Canada would be offside with other English-speaking countries if legal restrictions were imposed on the exploding practice of linking to online postings, the Supreme Court of Canada was told. The court reserved judgment after a three-hour hearing, in which several lawyers warned that hyperlinks are what make the Internet tick, and exposing writers to lawsuits if they linked to a defamatory posting would cast a wide chill.
   
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