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China to double science communicators by 2020

(scidev.net): China will double its number of science communicators to four million by 2020, according to the Chinese Association for Science and Technology. The association will train and support professional communicators to work in rural areas and museums
   
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Peer reviewers swamped, so extras get the heave-ho

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): A biomedical journal has sparked debate about transparency and the limits of peer review after announcing that it will no longer accept extra material submitted with academic papers. Until now, in common with many scientific journals, The Journal of Neuroscience has hosted supplementary material - additional content that can accompany published articles - on its website. But John Maunsell, the journal's editor-in-chief, says the volume of this content has grown exponentially since it was first accepted in 2003 and is rapidly approaching the size of extra articles.
   
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The Editorial Fallacy

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): The editorial fallacy is the belief that all of a publisher's strategic problems can be solved by pursuing and publishing the finest books and articles. The publishers of journals know that not all things are equal. There are significant advantages to those few publishers that can offer bundling (the "big deal") and technology platforms. These are not editorial matters.
   
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Are TVs and Smartphones the Future of the Internet?

(connectedworldmag.com): The days of the personal computer as the main gateway to the Internet are numbered, as new categories of connected devices show enormous potential. Two of these market segments-smartphones and connected TVs-could be set to change the way we access information and entertainment.
   
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German Court Rules Against Google in Copyright Case

(blogs.wsj.com): The Hamburg Regional Court in Germany ruled that Google is liable for videos uploaded by users on YouTube that violate German copyright laws. The court said Google asking users whether they have the right to post videos doesn't relieve the Internet giant of the responsibility to seek proof from the user of such rights, especially since people can post to YouTube anonymously.
   
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