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Tablets, E-Readers, Data Bundles to Drive a Strong U.S. Data Market

(eweek.com): In 2011, enterprises will embrace tablets, connected devices will outrevenue computers and the U.S. will figure strongly on the world tech stage, says a new report. Led by the Apple iPad, tablets, e-readers and other connected devices are expected to usher in a new mobile reality, and a new role for the United States on the global stage, according to a new report from independent analyst Chetan Sharma..
   
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Researchers And Social Media: Uptake Increases When Obvious Benefits Result

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): University College, London's Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER), recently released a commissioned report on Social Media and Research Workflow. The study is based around a survey of active users of social media and provides an informative picture of the technologies they are using. Though the study includes a wide definition of "social media," the results are much in line with previous analyses: technologies that create new efficiencies are being picked up, while those without immediate and obvious benefit are being ignored.
   
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British Medical Journal and Technorati among sites hit by Google downranking

(guardian.co.uk): Some - but not all - 'content farms' have lost out through Google's latest update, but real sites that generate real news and information are among the losers too, says new research. An analysis by Sistrix, an independent company that looks at how sites rank against huge numbers of common search keywords, has revealed more than 300 sites that have lost out from Google's re-ranking of sites for "original content" (or the lack of it).
   
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E-readers growing in popularity as publishers predict the 'year of the e-book'

(telegraph.co.uk): While so-called 'silver surfers' are often thought to be more cautious about new technology than younger people, new research shows that, where e-books are concerned, they are every bit as keen. Six per cent of over-55s own an e-book reader, compared with five per cent of those aged 18-24, according to a survey by Silver Poll. Of those who own an e-book reader, almost half (47 per cent) went for the Amazon Kindle, 31 per cent chose Apple's iPad and 14 per cent preferred the Sony Reader
   
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U.S. digital project signals the rise of versatile e-textbooks

(thestar.com): Interest in open educational materials has been mounting steadily in recent years as educators and funders seek to leverage the millions of articles that are freely available under open access licences and to develop flexible materials that can be used on any platform and updated or amended without running into publisher or copyright barriers.The shift toward an open educational resource model may still provide payment to authors, but it adopts a different approach from the conventional royalty-based system.
   
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