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Will Europe's Three Million Orphan Books Ever Be Digitized?

(publishingperspectives.com): The issue of orphan books -- those books with no clear copyright holder -- continues to vex digitization efforts across the globe. In Europe, it's a particularly contentious issue, so much so that the European Commission vowed to look into the issue beginning last year. Among its first steps has been to determine the size of the problem and last month it issued a report estimating there are some three million orphan books among member states.
   
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The Open Science Shift

(xconomy.com): Recent years have seen technological revolutions in informatics, communications, and the life sciences. Xconomy readers are deeply engaged with these trends, but may be unaware of the most important development of all, the transition (sometimes painful), to an Open Science system better suited for a global, networked, knowledge economy. Sadly, rapid technical progress has thus far not been matched by a revolution in the democratization of scientific problem solving. Instead, the practices and institutions that comprise our science and innovation paradigm are badly strained, and in some cases, arguably crumbling in the face of rapid technological and economic change.
   
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AdMob Re-Thinks Strategy as Apple Challenges

(dns.tmcnet.com): Mobile devices are a critical media platform and we are building the tools to let every business on earth leverage mobile. According to AdMob's "May 2010 Mobile Metrics Report," Google's OS still remained very popular and Android (News - Alert) phone popularity continues to boost its growth. As far as ad requests on AdMob's network were concerned, the iPhone continued to retain its lead.
   
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E-reader Customers Are Older, College-Educated Users

(dailytech.com): As the e-reader market develops, analysts and companies are able to learn more about potential customers. The Amazon Kindle leads the growing e-reader market, but numerous other competitors are expected to enter the market. As the market expands, book publishers are still trying to work through royalties, e-book prices, and electronic rights related to shared materials.
   
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Amazon Sees the Future of Biology in the Cloud

(fool.com): The future of biology, if Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) has its way, will be in the cloud. The Seattle-based online retailer has generated buzz the past few years with its foray into cloud computing through Amazon Web Services. This is the model in which customers rent server space on a pay-as-you-go basis, and get access to their data anytime via the Internet. It's supposed to allow small businesses, governments, and anybody else to save cash and hassles by not having to buy and maintain their own in-house servers. The model is credited with enabling a new generation of lean tech startups to build businesses using far less capital.
   
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