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Google Gets Serious About Social Networking: Is Google Me Coming in 2010?

(pcworld.com): After purchasing handfuls of social networking-centric companies -- including socialDeck for online games and Jambool for virtual currency -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company's social networking project will debut later this year. Speaking at the Google Zeitgeist conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Schmidt said Google will be adding "a social layer" into its suite of search, video and mapping products. These comments are inline with reports that Google is developing a Facebook alternative called Google Me. Despite the fact that Google Me is in direct competition with Facebook, Schmidt has plans to cull Facebook data.
   
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Why Dedicated E-Readers, Like Kindle, Will Thrive

(rferl.org): The evidence about how the Internet has affected the way we read and how our brains work is still in its infancy and admittedly what I know about cognitive function could be written on the back of a neuron. But if there is something to the argument, then perhaps the single-use e-reader is the vanguard in the fight against the onslaught of information..
   
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Strong medicine for China's journals

(nature.com): Few Chinese scientists would be surprised to hear that many of the country's scientific journals are filled with incremental work, read by virtually no one and riddled with plagiarism. But the Chinese government's solution to this problem came as a surprise last week. Li Dongdong, a vice-minister of state and deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) - the powerful government body that regulates all publications in China - acknowledged that the country's scientific publishing had a "severe" problem, with "a big gap between quality and quantity", and needed reform.
   
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New Resource on Open-Access Scholarship

(bigthink.com): Can scholarly journal articles and other scholarly works be made freely available on the Internet? The open access movement says "yes," and it is having a significant impact on scholarly publishing.
   
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Physicians see gifts as payback, says study

(post-gazette.com): Telling physicians they shouldn't accept gifts from drug companies is all well and good. But convincing them that doing so is wrong is another matter. A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that physicians rationalize such gifts as payback for all the sacrifices they made to get their education -- although they may not realize they're doing it. The attitude, the researchers said, is one of "because I'm worth it."
   
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