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Twitter Tapping

(nytimes.com): The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.
   
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The 100 Most Influential Journals

(archopht.ama-assn.org): The Special Library Association is celebrating its centennial in 2009 by recognising the essential partnership between information producers and information managers, ie, special librarians. The Biomedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) of the Special Library Association decided to mark the occasion by conducting a poll of its 686 members of record to identify the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine for the last 100 years. The resulting list is impressive. These titles represent the must-have literature of medicine and the life sciences. Of course, it is a bit dodgy to describe them all as the most influential journals "over the last 100 years." The journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, for example, was founded in 2002, making it influential during only 7 of the last 100 years.
   
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The Sad State of U.S. Publishing

(newmanpr.com): In the wake of the sudden closure of Editor&Publisher and Kirkus Reviews magazines, it's a good time to try and get a handle on just how poorly the U.S. publishing industry is doing. According to Crain's New York Business, quoting MediaFinder.com, some 367 U.S periodicals shut down in 2009 and 64 went online-only. Meanwhile, 247 magazines launched during '09. Both closures and launches cam primarily in regional publishing titles. Crain's notes that as bad as that news is, the pace of decline has slowed. In 2008, 526 U.S. magazines closed, while in '07, 573 shut down. The pace of launches also is declining, however. In 2008, there were 342 magazine launches in the U.S. In 2007, there were 411.
   
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More Publications Moving To Digital Only

(ohmynews.com): The Online Information show at Olympia earlier this month coincided with a decision by the Guardian newspaper to cease print publication of the Technology supplement. From next year this will be available online only. So far there has been very little comment about this except for some extracts from Twitter and blogs that the Technology Guardian has republished in print. However the event could be seen as marking a new confidence for online publishing.
   
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Dramatic Growth of Open Access

(poeticeconomics.blogspot.com): While dramatic growth continues in all aspects of open access, the story of the year and especially of the last quarter is a dramatic leap in open access mandate policies, particularly institutional and departmental policies. OA mandate mania is sure to continue ~ not only are discussions underway at many a university and department, but now that we have a substantial and growing set of role models the benefits of an OA mandate ~ such as increased impact and web presence ~ will become that much more obvious, inspiring yet more mandates.
   
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