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2020 vision: 10 things you'll see on the Web in the next 10 years

(fcw.com): During the past 10 years, federal agencies have made significant progress with their Web sites and the way they use the Internet for daily business. A decade ago, many agencies were still transitioning from simple online "brochure-ware" toward real e-commerce and data sharing. In contrast, most major federal agencies now offer a variety of online databases and ways to electronically file requests and license applications, and most can accept online payments. Given that progress, it's worth taking a gander in the other direction. What might the government's Internet presence look like in another 10 years?
   
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China to surpass US and Japan in scientific R&D too

(247wallst.com): The FT has determined that the growth of China's scientific research has been greater than that of any other nation in the world over the last three decades. And, China could pass the US as the largest provider of "research knowledge" by the end of this decade. The paper reports that "China far outperformed every other nation, with a 64-fold increase in peer-reviewed scientific papers since 1981, with particular strength in chemistry and materials science." The news is another frightening example of how China's financial and intellectual strength is beginning to eclipse the West and Japan.
   
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Forty-nine percent of surveyed consumers unlikely to buy dedicated e-book readers

Dedicated e-book readers won't be the easiest sell, according to Verso's 2009 Survey of Book Buying Behavior - presented at DigitalBookWorld. On the positive, the overwhelming majority of owners say they do not pirate e-books. Participating were 5,640 respondents, 48% male and 51% female. Here are Verso's questions and findings, with a 1.6% margin of error and a 95% confidence level.
   
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Amazon And Others Slam Revised Google Books Deal

(wsj.com): Critics who blasted the first Google Books settlement have begun weighing in with objections to the modified agreement, which Google and authors sealed late last year to allay concerns that the first pact would give Google a monopoly in digital books. Amazon.com, one of the most outspoken critics of the original settlement, Wednesday filed an objection to revised one, raising many of the same objections it made to the first. In particular, the books giant argued that the agreement overreaches and violates the U.S. Copyright Act. "The (settlement) continues to give Google exclusive rights likely to lead to a monopoly," it read.
   
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26,000 journals at risk of vanishing

(trinitynews.ie): Access to over 26000 electronic journals is under threat following the expiry of funding agreements. The Irish Research eLibrary, which provides digital access to 18000 journals in the humanities and social sciences and 6000 in science, medicine and technology is funded jointly by the Higher Education Authority and Science Foundation Ireland. The funding agreements expired in December, with an expected cut of up to 75% announced.
   
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