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Library to make additional cuts

(Yaledailynews.com): The University Library will soon begin cutting back on some of its resources in the face of a third round of University budget cuts. The Library has announced that it will reduce duplication of materials and cut journal and database subscriptions, as well as purchases of books and other print materials, by 5 percent. Still, the Library will try to minimize the impact on faculty activity, according to the statement, and to maintain access to certain resources.
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US Patent office gain access to India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library

(patentbaristas.com): India and the United States have signed two inter-governmental agreements on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to help prevent what they say is the misappropriation of traditional knowledge through mistaken issuance of patents, what some call biopiracy. 'Biopiracy' describes a process in which living resources or traditional knowledge and practices are patented, thus applying intellectual property restrictions to their use. The resources in question are predominantly from developing countries, and are the subject of patent applications by companies in developed countries.
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Medical Search Engine: A web innovation in medicine

(pr-inside.com): The field of medicine and science saw a huge revolution when Slideworld, a path breaking internet phenomenon, launched a merger of technology and medicine. Slideworld.org is the first ever medical search engine that treasures a huge repository of PowerPoint presentations on medicine and science.
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Future of Book Publishing is Unknowable

(Laobserved.com): Steve Wasserman, the former Los Angeles Times book editor who is now an agent and book editor at Truthdig, gave a keynote address in Guadalajara in which he said predicting the future of BOOK publishing is impossible. The predicament facing the publishing industry is best understood against the backdrop of several overlapping and contending crises. With the new devices in hand, will book buyers avert their eyes from the free copies only a few clicks away that have been uploaded without copyright holder's permission? Mindful of what happened to the music industry at a similar transitional juncture, book publishers are about to discover whether their industry is different enough to spared a similar fate.
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Lawsuit seeks information on federal surveillance of social networking sites

(computerworld.com): The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the University of California, Berkeley's Samuelson Clinic have filed a lawsuit (PDF document) against six government agencies, seeking information on their use of social networking sites for data collection and surveillance. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It invoked the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in seeking information from the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Central Intelligence Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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