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3M Announces Cloud Library eBook Lending Service

The 3M Cloud Library System will change how patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks from their library. This eBook solution includes a comprehensive subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading, providing libraries with a turnkey system for participating in the digital revolution. Publishers including Random House and IPG will be distributed via the 3M Cloud Library, additional publishing partners to be announced. 3M Discovery Terminals will have an intuitive touch-based interface encourage patrons to browse and check out titles from the digital collection. eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, Nooks, Androids and 3M eReaders. http://www.3m.com/

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MultiCorpora Launches New Translation Management System

MultiCorpora, a provider of language technology solutions and expertise, has announced the release of MultiTrans Prism, a fully-featured Translation Management System (TMS). By combining features from the latest release of MultiTrans, the new server technology and the product acquisition from Beetext, MultiCorpora has brought to market MultiTrans Prism– a "complete" translation management system (TMS) designed to help manage challenging translation processes. MultiTrans Prism brings together three components of TMS technology: project management, translation memory, and terminology management. The new product’s design delivers a user experience that integrates the interaction between the processes. http://www.multicorpora.com/

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EMC and Box Deliver Enterprise Content Management Mobility Through the Cloud

EMC Corporation announced a technology collaboration with Box to develop integrated content management solutions, bringing cloud-enabled sharing and collaboration to global enterprises. Customers get Box’s user interface, easy external collaboration, and content access from any mobile device, paired with the enterprise-class security, compliance and process management from EMC Documentum. EMC Documentum customers can connect their on-premise deployments to Box through Box’s ECM Cloud Connect, to synchronize, archive and transfer content between the two systems. The companies are currently working to build deeper integrations to offer customers a better content management and collaboration experience. Integrating Box’s cloud layer and interface with EMC.  http://www.emc.com

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Microsoft to Acquire Skype

Microsoft Corp. and Skype Global announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype. The combination will extend Skype’s brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services. Microsoft has a long-standing focus and investment in real-time communications across its various platforms, including Lync, Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE. http://www.microsoft.com http://www.skype.com

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Publishing Disruptors On Stun

PW Daily, in an article “Montlake Romance Marks Tip of Amazon’s Expansion Into Publishing,” by Rachel Deahl (May 04, 2011), reports that Amazon is establishing an imprint—actually, a series of imprints—that pushes Amazon further along the path of becoming a publisher itself.  In fact, Amazon is far enough along this path to declare them a publisher, fait accompli.

The recent Amazon activity at least suggests a disintermediation of traditional publishers. I’ve addressed this topic in more depth in the blog entry, The Amazon Publisher

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Google “Voice Search” Feature Coming Soon

Google is reportedly testing the waters of "voice-activated search" with select users, and may even integrate the feature into the Google.com search engine once the experiment is complete. The news follows reports that Google’s voice-search product has advanced to the point of recognizing Chinese and will even learn from the user’s speech patterns. Moreover, Voice search detects your computer’s microphone settings and can open up a "Speak Now" widget to detect your words and transcribe them into a search query. Android phone owners are already familiar with Google Voice Search; it is available in the Google Search widget. http://www.google.com

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SDL Acquires Digital Asset Management Company Calamares

SDL, the provider of Global Information Management solutions, announced the acquisition of Calamares, a cloud-based platform that allows enterprises to centrally compose and distribute video and other rich-media assets. Calamares supports various media platforms, systems and devices- from the Web and mobile to Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and social media platforms. With the acquisition of Calamares, SDL extends its customer engagement offering to include video and rich media management. www.sdl.com

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Ingeniux Launches Mobile Web Portal Solution

Ingeniux Corporation, a provider of web and social content management software for web, tablet, and mobile devices, announced the release of the Ingeniux Mobile Web Portal and new mobile solution packages for Ingeniux customers. To help large web publishers meet the needs of mobile users, Ingeniux has developed a range of new multi-channel content publishing solutions. The Ingeniux Mobile Portal is a new solution for Ingeniux CMS users that provides a flexible mobile website solution for smart phone users. It includes mobile channel publishing for multiple content types, including Ingeniux CMS content, syndicated content (ATOM or RSS), and third-party services like Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook. With the addition of the Ingeniux Cartella community server, mobile portal publishers can provide secure content, deploy digital lockers, and personalize services for end users. http://www.ingeniux.com

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Professional Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Available

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability of the Professional Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, a solution that includes hosted services and viewer technology that allow a spectrum of publishers to publish content to Android tablets, BlackBerry PlayBook and Apple iPad. Aimed at publishing houses, business publishers, and education institutions that require an off-the-shelf tablet publishing solution, the Professional Edition taps the huge interest in digital publishing across a range of industries. http://www.adobe.com/

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Limelight Networks Acquires Clickability for $10 Million

Limelight Networks, a provider of content delivery network services, announced on Monday that it has acquired Clickability, a provider of Web content management tools, for $10 million. Founded in 1999, San Francisco-based Clickability had raised over $11 million in venture capital financing, from backers including Shasta Ventures, Convergence Partners and SaaS Capital. http://www.limelightnetworks.com

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