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Is the Cloud Too Weak to Support What Paper Can?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Opinions of Wikileaks in the wake of its publication of tens of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables certainly varies. Some have noted that it's hard to claim the cables were terribly secret since 2-3 million government employees have clearance to see this level of "secret" document, and 500,0000 of these people have access to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRnet) where the cables were stored. Others have pointed to the embarrassment and erosion of trust associated with their release as an obstacle to American diplomatic efforts. No matter your opinion, one aspect of the swirl of stories emanating from the Wikileaks diplomacy scandal should trouble publishers and librarians alike - the fact that service providers like Amazon and PayPal are backing away from Wikileaks, invoking "terms of service" and "acceptable use policies" to justify their actions.
   
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Hyperlinks thread that binds the web, Supreme Court told

(vancouversun.com): Canada would be offside with other English-speaking countries if legal restrictions were imposed on the exploding practice of linking to online postings, the Supreme Court of Canada was told. The court reserved judgment after a three-hour hearing, in which several lawyers warned that hyperlinks are what make the Internet tick, and exposing writers to lawsuits if they linked to a defamatory posting would cast a wide chill.
   
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Aptara Survey Reveals the Latest Impacts of eBooks on the Publishing Market

(aptaracorp.com): An Aptara survey of more than 600 publishers across the Trade, Professional, and Education markets reveals the latest impacts of eBooks on the publishing industry. The survey, conducted this summer, reveals that 64% of publishers are now offering titles in eBook format. Though, the majority are still struggling to maximize profits from the fast-growing eBook market as a result of inefficient print production processes that require transformation in order to support scalable, affordable digital output.
   
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Gartner predicts bright future for e-book readers

(v3.co.uk): Over six million to ship this year, but analyst firm warns of the tablet threat. Around 6.6 million e-book readers will ship this year, representing a huge 80 per cent increase against the 3.6 million shipped in 2009, according to new figures from Gartner.
   
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Caught up in the Web of Knowledge

(telegraph.co.uk): What is the shape of science? We all learn something about maths, physics, chemistry and biology when we crawl across their arid deserts at school and, as a result, we all have some idea of what is going on. Scientists themselves can sketch out the map of their own speciality (I could happily tell you who does what in snail genetics). But what about the world atlas? How big is each scientific continent and how do they fit together.
   
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