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Next on digital's acquisition list: paper

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These days, we've got digital signatures, digital music and even digital dogs. What's left? Paper. Swedish company Anoto, a subsidiary of C-Technologies, is working to make digital paper just as common as Post-it notes. You won't find it at your local Staples just yet, but it's on the way.

The technology works through a Bluetooth wireless pen and paper that has been imprinted with minuscule location dots. The pen "reads" where it is on the paper and wirelessly transmits the data to a desktop computer, fax machine or mobile phone. The pen is somewhat larger than your average writing instrument. The paper looks and feels like regular paper but has a slight off-white hue. A magnifying glass is required to see the dots.

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