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HE funding in the US and the UK

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The response in Britain to both the Browne Report and the announced cuts has been predictably intense and polarized. Representatives of research universities with a strong STEM focus were quick to applaud the report and its recommendations, while liberal arts institutions and their faculties reacted with varying degrees of horror.
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France Says Google Is Main Cause Of News Publishers' Woes

(paidcontent.co.uk): The competition watchdog, L'Autorité de la Concurrence, in an opinion expressed to the finance minister, says Google is "dominant" in search advertising (no surprise there - Google's search share in Europe is far higher than in the U.S.). But it did not rule Google that is abusing that dominance, instead saying: "This dominance is, of course, not wrong in itself: it is the result of a tremendous effort of innovation, backed by significant and ongoing investment. Only the abuse of such market power could be sanctioned against."
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It is time for the UK to embrace the limitless potential of the chemical sciences, says RSC CEO

(rsc.org): Dr Richard Pike, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, says in a leading article "Unlocking the Future" that it is time for the UK to embrace the limitless potential of the chemical sciences, but warns that this will require a more enriching educational system that stimulates imagination, creativity and a preparedness to ask tough questions. In the very first issue of the new publication Public Service Review: UK Science&Technology, he argues from evidence-based sources that the chemicals industry and chemistry-using sectors contribute 21% of the UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supports over 6 million jobs.
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The future of books is a real page-turner

(smh.com.au): The government is seeking the public's help over whether paper books will eventually be superseded by electronic versions, writes Barry Jones. Fifteen years ago, Nicholas Negroponte published being digital. As a dyslexic, he didn't enjoy reading and even apologised for writing a book to disseminate his ideas about "bits" versus "atoms" in the Information Age.
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How Copyright Takes Away Rights From Consumers

(techdirt.com): It's amusing to see defenders of current copyright law often making final declarations about how copyright is a "right" for artists, and thus protecting those rights absolutely makes sense. What they never seem to talk about is how, at the same time, copyright quite frequently is removing rights from the public. Julian Sanchez points us to a fascinating new paper from law professor John Tehranian, which tries to bring user rights back into the discussion of copyright.
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