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What We’re Reading: July 2 – July 8

Communities based on communication, social networking, a new iPhone, and a house of books

Researchers at MIT, AT&T Labs and IBM Research are revealing new research that redefines regional boundaries in the United States, using patterns of social connectedness across the country derived from anonymous and aggregated cell phone data.

Billionaire Warren Buffett said U.S. employment will surge with the eventual rebound of the housing market.

Social networking is still the word and everyone is vying for a spot in this lucrative market, including Google+. For a preview, Cnet has a great video tour.

For the first time in many years, a June has come and gone without a iPhone update announcement from Apple. That doesn’t mean the rumors aren’t flying that something new will be coming from Cupertino this fall. Engadget rounds up the iPhone 4s/5 rumors.

There’s not just money to be made in social networking websites—smartphone applications also prove a profitable business, with Apple selling its 15 Billionth App this week.

Data and computer security is a constant battle. Now a new front has opened: mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers. As these mini-computers become more and more powerful and more and more a business necessity, thieves are realizing the ease of unlocking corporate data from them. BBC News has the details.

Need help getting your car repaired, but don’t know what it may cost? Need advice on where to go? Repairpal.com to the rescue!.

Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products. Note: just the names will change, the products will still be there.

For a librarian, a house full of books is a dream. What about a house made of and supported by books? A scholar in Osaka, Japan recently had a house built supported by an innovative bookshelf system that can hold up to 10 tons of books.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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