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A cloud gathers over our digital freedoms

(ft.com): A new breed of cloud capitalists will shape the decade to come, foremost among them Apple, which on Monday launched its iCloud service to allow music to be streamed wirelessly, and Google, which is about to launch a low-cost, "dumb" computer equipped only with a browser because its users will keep all their software and content in the cloud. The cloud capitalists - Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon - present themselves as the next step of the networked world.
   
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Amazon Will Get 10% Of Its Revenue From Kindle In 2012

(businessinsider.com): Amazon's Kindle business is about to contribute 10% of the company's overall revenue, says Citi analyst Mark Mahaney. Mahaney estimates Kindle unit sales for 2011 to be 17.5 million, which is $2.1 billion in revenue. He estimates eBook sales to be 314 million units, which is $1.7 billion. Combined that's 8% of Amazon's 2011 revenue.
   
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Why Wired Is Wrong About eBooks: Digital Reading is Ready for Primetime

(blog.laptopmag.com): Last Week Wired.com's New York Editor, John C. Abell, offered up five reasons why eBooks aren't "There" yet. The There in question is being ready to replace paper books. According to the article, most of Abell's reasons why eBooks aren't "There" are flat out wrong. That's what happens when you let people who don't truly understand eBooks write about them.
   
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Will Book Publishing Follow Music Into The Void?

(thequietus.com): Last month Waterstones - the UK's pre-eminent high street bookseller - was sold to a Russian billionaire businessman for 53 million. That's only 3 million more than Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres. The fate of Waterstones up until that point was intertwined with that of the UK music industry: its previous owners, the HMV Group, seem to be in terminal decline. The great fear was that the book chain would be reduced in number so that they would become relic destinations, great cathedrals of the printed word.
   
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Academic Publishers Attempting To Eliminate Fair Use At Universities

(techdirt.com): For those who may not be aware, e-reserves are a practice by which universities can share course materials with students, relying heavily on fair use. Basically, it used to be that professors would have to reserve printed materials in the university library for students, the school paying permission fees for each printed copy. In the digital world, of course, this is wholly unnecessary.
   
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