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Why 'open' Android may lose to Apple iOS

(blogs.computerworld.com): Android has seen some success in its polygamous model. The OS that's anyone's for nothing is now inside many cellphone models from multiple networks and manufacturers. Android is among Apple's biggest threats in the smartphone world, along with Nokia, RIM, Microsoft and HP/Palm webOS. With so many contenders there really is no clear winner at the moment.
   
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Digital readers read more, claims survey

(online.wsj.com): A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing and Research Resources, funded by e-reader maker Sony Corp, found that 40% said they now read more than they did with print books. Of those surveyed, 58% said they read about the same as before while 2% said they read less than before. And 55% of the respondents thought they'd use the device to read even more books in the future. The study looked at owners of three devices: Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle, Apple Inc.'s iPad and the Sony Reader..
   
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Google Street View cars back too soon, says French watchdog

(computerworld.com): Google's Street View cars resumed their photography of French streets annoying the French data protection authority, which launched an investigation into the privacy implications of the service earlier this year. France's National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) said it was "premature" for Google to restart its collection of street images, given that its investigation of those activities is still not complete. While scanning streets around the world is costing Google money and goodwill, the return can be significant: The introduction of Street View imagery typically boosts traffic to the Google Maps service by 20% in the areas covered.
   
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E-Readers: Changing the Way We Digest Printed Materials?

(gadgets.tmcnet.com): While paper has long been the main medium for transmitting printed information, e-readers are changing this firmly established trend. In fact, according to a recent Associated Press (News - Alert) report, this trend is changing as a result of the marriage between an American technology firm and a Taiwanese display manufacturer. While this industry is fast growing, there are some who argue that the general public is not ready to completely do away with paper in favor of e-readers.
   
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Relying on open access materials

(p2pnet.net): Cross-country licensing such as the Canadian Research Knowledge Network provide licenced database access to thousands of journals for 650,000 university researchers and students. Coursepacks are giving way to database-generated course reading lists that build on this form of licenced access. Beyond licenced databases, the growth of open access now means that there are over 5,000 open access journals and about 20 percent of the world's peer reviewed journals are open access. Supporters of Access Copyright often claim that they support the right of an author to choose where they publish and under what terms they make their work available. Yet when researchers make their work freely available, it is derided as a cheap alternative.
   
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