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Publishing industry goes digital with book scanners

(gulfnews.com): With the release of products such as Amazon's Kindle and Apple's Ipad, it seems that going digital is the way to go for the publishing industry. That was demonstrated to interested passers-by by representatives from Omni Turnkey Solutions, a UAE based software company at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2010. The book scanner from an Austrian company called Qidenus Technologies is a fully automated scanner equipped with robotic arms and two digital cameras that scan the pages of the book. The raw information is then run through the software which converts it into several files, such as PDF.
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(thebookseller.com): Libraries are among the services "most vulnerable" to widespread cuts across local councils, with a BBC survey estimating 25,000 public sector jobs could be lost around the country. More than 70% of the 49 councils that responded to the survey predicted spending cuts of between 5% and 20%. The BBC reports that "services such as libraries and nurseries also face cuts as councils battle the "perfect storm" of recession - falling revenues and higher demand".
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ebrary Interface Available in Arabic

(ebrary.com): ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products andtechnologies, today announced that its world-renowned interface is now available in Arabic as well as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Swedish. The new language option helps libraries, publishers, and other organizations that acquire content through ebrary or use the company's technology for their own proprietary documents better serve an increasingly multicultural user base, as well as provides flexibility for sharing and distributing non-English content online.
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GenomeQuest Wants to Be the Google of DNA Data Searches

(xconomy.com): A flood of new genetic data generated by advanced DNA sequencing systems has landed some life sciences researchers in a bit of information-management pickle. But this problem is a major opportunity for GenomeQuest and its competitors in the business of proving DNA analysis software. GenomeQuest aspires to do for biologists what Google did for people searching the Internet, according to CEO Ron Ranauro. The Westborough, MA-based company has seen an increase in demand for its software and technology, which life sciences companies use to analyze and manage the genetic information they use, say, during the development of new drugs for cancer or diabetes.
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Library, Higher Education Groups Call on FCC to Adopt Net Neutrality Principles

(arl.org) Eleven library and higher education-related institutions and organizations today sent a letter (PDF) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski in support of preserving an open Internet. The groups assert that the Internet faces major threats as a result of deregulation. Internet Service Providers (ISP) have strong incentives to degrade certain Internet services, and new technologies increasingly allow them to control Internet traffic without end user knowledge. The letter's signatories urge the adoption of Internet (net) neutrality principles, including non-discrimination and transparency, while allowing for reasonable practices to manage technical issues such as congestion and spam.
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