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Open Source For The Next Generation

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What do Google search, AOL IM and Apple iTunes have in common?

For one, they are teenager technology touchstones, used millions of times each day to find information, chat with friends and buy music. Perhaps less obvious, they are examples of software-as-a-service.

For today's young adults, buying shrink-wrapped software to load on a PC is as foreign as fiddling with rabbit ears to improve TV reception.

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