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Millions of Americans use Twitter, just don't ask them to pay for it

(digitaljournal.com): According to a new study by the University of Southern California's School for Communication and Journalism, half of all Americans have used a Web application such as Twitter, but none of them would be willing to pay to use them. The study called "Surveying the Digital Future" found that Americans have a strong negative reaction when it comes to paying for online services.
   
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Google Metaweb Deal: Is Google's Internal R&D Not Delivering?

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): Google's recent purchase of semantic database start-up Metaweb may suggest a broken research program. Google bought a company with a large open source term list known as Freebase and technology to identify people, places, and things. Google invested in next generation content processing with its hiring of high profile IBM researcher Ramanathan Guha and a promising content processing company several years ago. With the deal for Metaweb, are Google's internal engineering solutions not up to snuff? Has the rise of Facebook tightened the thumbscrews on Google's paws? Or is it more of a managerial issue?
   
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Why It Is Not Enough Just To Give Green OA Higher Weight Than Gold OA

(openaccess.eprints.org): MELIBEA's validator assesses OA policies using an algorithm that generates for each policy a one-dimensional measure, "OA%val," based on a number of weighted factors. In assigning weights to these factors it is it not just a matter of whether one puts a greater weight on green than on gold overall.
   
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Academic Fraud in China

(economist.com): CHINA'S president, Hu Jintao, speaks often and forcefully of the need to foster innovation. He makes a strong case: sustaining economic growth and competitiveness requires China to get beyond mere labour-driven manufacturing and into the knowledge-based business of discoveries, inventions and other advances. Yet doing so will be hard, not least because of the country's well-earned reputation for pervasive academic and scientific misconduct.
   
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Library offers eBooks for checkout by computer

(theindependent.com): It is no longer necessary to go to the library to check out a book. With newspapers, magazines and more taking on virtual forms, library books have held out longer than most. But last week at the Grand Island Public Library, library books began being checked out electronically. The allure of electronic reading devices simply became too strong.
   
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