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Microsoft says streaming digital content will kill Blu-ray

(ibtimes.com): Microsoft, the supporter of the erstwhile HD DVD format, says digital streaming of content will cause Blue-ray's demise. In an interview with Xbox360Achievements Microsoft's, UK Xbox chief remarked: "Actually Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format. People have moved through from DVDs to digital downloads and digital streaming, so we offer full HD 1080p Blu-ray quality streaming instantly, no download, no delay. So, who needs Blu-ray?".
   
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U.S. bookworms continue to embrace eReader devices

(thetechherald.com): A new Harris Interactive poll released this week shows that more and more traditional bookworms are embracing the portable convenience of electronic reading devices. The poll, which was cast across 2,775 adults in the United States, showed that eight percent of book lovers currently use electronic readers such as the Amazon Kindle or Barnes&Noble Nook, and a further 12 percent plan to buy a device in the next six months.
   
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Google Reader's Web Page Monitoring to Be Disabled

(googlesystem.blogspot.com): Google Reader's blog announced that the feed generator for pages that don't have feeds will no longer be available starting from September 30. Google says that not many people used this feature, which is not surprising, considering that it's quite difficult to find it.
   
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Surgeons lack professionalism, says Lancet medical journal

(telegraph.co.uk): In a special edition of the medical journal, surgeons' willingness to confront problems in their own profession were questioned. The editorial said the specialty was "not so much a world-class discipline, but a profession adrift".
   
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The Death of the Book has Been Greatly Exaggerated

(technologyreview.in): Tech pundits recently moved up the date for the death of the book, to sometime around 2015, inspired largely by the rapid adoption of the iPad and the success of Amazon's Kindle e-reader. But in their rush to christen a new era of media consumption, have the pundits overreached?
   
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