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The portal is dead; long live the portal

(fiercecontentmanagement.com): Entire crops of portals were lost due to poor requirements and incorrectly set expectations. Portals were all too frequently promised as the panacea that would solve an organization's information management, security or application integration issues in one clean install. Quite contrary to that expectation, portals more frequently ended up shining a light on these problems rather than solving them.
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France Lets Book Publishers Fix Minimum E-book Prices

(paidcontent.org): France's national assembly has passed a bill (full passage here) which would allow publishers to effectively fix the minimum price of e-books, just as printed books, sold there - a move seemingly designed to maintain publishers' income as the industry moves toward an environment in which many books are sold very cheaply as e-books. French publishers will now be able to impose a single selling price for all digital books sold in France, including those from foreign platforms like Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) or Google.
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On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong

(gigaom.com): Google chairman Eric Schmidt has been taking some flak from large media and content companies for comments he made about copyright in Britain, where the authorities have been considering a rewrite of the country's 300-year-old copyright laws. His critics believe Schmidt and Google are bent on promoting a lawless, Wild West approach to the Internet, and say Britain needs to find its own way on copyright. But Eric Schmidt is right, and Britain and the global content companies pushing it not to adopt principles like "fair use" are wrong. Copyright is changing, whether they like it or not.
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E-Discovery Market Predicted to Reach $1.5B in 2013

(law.com): The worldwide electronic discovery market saw revenue of $889 million in 2009 and will reach $1.5 billion in 2013, technology research firm Gartner predicted this month. Upcoming trends in vendor consolidation, industry standards, and a focus on data integration will all be signs of a maturing and increasingly mainstream market, Gartner analysts John Bace and Debra Logan said in their May 13 report, "Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software."
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UK copyright review's brightest idea 'doomed to fail'

(telegraph.co.uk): The boldest idea in the Hargreaves review of the UK's copyright laws is 'doomed to fail', unless David Cameron ensures the creative industries participate, writes Emma Barnett. The Hargreaves's report was commissioned by the Government last November in order to radically modernise the UK's out-of-date laws and make them "fit for the digital age" - not just make sensible suggestions which do very little other than bring the laws in line with current consumer behaviour.
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