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November 22, 2010

Morning roundup: pick of the comment, November 22 2010

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UK & Ireland SAP User Group turns up pressure before Annual Conference (CBR Rolling Blog)
UK IT directors feel frustrated with the lack of visibility and input into their IT vendors’ product roadmaps according to research released by the UK & Ireland SAP User Group ahead of its annual conference kicking off in Manchester this week. Three-quarters (82%) of respondents said that they would even consider changing vendors if another provided them with better visibility into their upcoming product roadmaps.

Facebook vies to become your homepage – and why that’s a big deal (TechCrunch)
It’s a very old trick, and arguably a mighty effective one. Ask people to set your website as their homepage, and it will become their entry point to the Web, the very first thing they’ll see when they open their browser. Venturebeat noticed that Facebook started prompting visitors to set the site as their homepage before the weekend, by means of a bar at the top that actually shows some pictures and names of your Facebook friends.

Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders (ReadWriteWeb)
EBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales, according to the Association of American Publishers. Richard MacManus looks at the figures.

The end of identity silos (Gartner)
"Is this turning into some sort of trade war?" Dan Blum wondered over breakfast last July at our Catalyst conference. I’d just finished a conversation with a European client who said that he would only consider doing IT outsourcing with a company that had a European presence. He said that sending personal data overseas, even to a vendor enrolled in the US/EU Safe Harbour program, would require too many approvals within his organisation.

A News Corp. newspaper, but not in print (The New York Times)
People who own an iPad will tell you it makes everything look sexier. Maybe even a newspaper. Rupert Murdoch, an old-timey newspaper romantic, has nonetheless deputized himself as the digital savior of paid content. Mr. Murdoch is currently leading the charge to build The Daily, an iPad-centered newspaper under construction in the News Corporation’s Manhattan offices that is scheduled to appear at the beginning of next year.

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