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British experts complete database of every plant name on the planet - all 1.25million of them

(dailymail.co.uk): Experts from Britain and the U.S have taken a step to resolving the issue by publishing the most comprehensive list of land plant species ever compiled. The database was created by researchers at Kew Gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden. It identifies 1.25million plant names - 300,000 of which are recognised as standard species while 480,000 are regarded as synonyms or alternative names.
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Year-End stats from MIT point to increasing popularity of open educational resources

(readwriteweb.com): Like many sites and services, MIT OpenCourseWare has released some of its user statistics from 2010. The figures show strong growth for what is one of the world's premier open educational resources, with an increase in visits and visitors between 2009 and 2010..
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Death by Irony: How Librarians Killed the Academic Library

(chronicle.com): It is entirely possible that the life of the academic library could have been spared if the last generation of librarians had spent more time plotting a realistic path to the future and less time chasing outdated trends while mindlessly spouting mantras like "There will always be books and libraries" and "People will always need librarians to show them how to use information." We'll never know now what kind of treatments might have worked. Librarians planted the seeds of their own destruction and are responsible for their own downfall.
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Google's digital newsstand revives publishers' hope for subscription model

(ibtimes.com): Google and Apple are slugging it out in the publishing domain as they up their ante to woo publishers, who are still emerging from the recessionary shock and are looking for a viable digital content-related business model. WSJ reported that Google is in the throes of creating a digital newsstand for its Android users and is fervently seeking support from publishers of newspapers and magazines. Google is vying for the digital publishing space where Apple has an early mover's advantage with its iTunes store.
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Digital Bookstores Hitting International Markets

(thejakartaglobe.com): Among avid readers, the question of whether e-books would eventually replace the printed page remains a hotly debated subject. Many readers simply don't want to give up their regular visits to bookstores, where they can browse hundreds of titles and come home with a shopping bag full of literary gems to add to their collection. Others are already convinced that e-books are the future of literature and printed copies will become more and more redundant in the future, if they don't end up vanishing completely.
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