Friday Links May 11th

Here’s Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years – We think of Google and Facebook as Web gorillas.  They’ll be around forever. Yet, with the rate that the tech world is moving these days, there are good reasons to think both might be gone completely in 5 – 8 years.  Not bankrupt gone, but MySpace gone.  And there’s some academic theory to back up that view, along with casual observations from recent history.

Queen’s researchers create life-sized 3D hologram for videoconferencing – Just when you thought the present was beginning to be what you imagined the future would be like, a research team at Queen’s University has created a human-scale 3D hologram pod that allows people in different locations to videoconference as if they are standing in front of each other.

Elsevier Experiments With Allowing ‘Text Mining’ of Its Journals – an agreement has been negotiated between the University of British Columbia and Elsevier “that will allow UBC researchers to dig into Elsevier content for research purposes.” … This has ramifications for digital humanities, among other things.

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