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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Data Space  
  Computer storage and processor time rented by the user.  

This is a very early reference to what is now called "cloud computing".

In minutes, he had traced through three changes of carrier and found a place to do his intermediate computing. The Comsats rented processor time almost as cheaply as ground stations, and an automatic payment transaction (through several dummy accounts set up over the last several years) gave him sole control of a large data space within milliseconds of his request.
From True Names, by Vernor Vinge.
Published by Dell Binary Star in 1981
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