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How Trustworthy Are Online Ratings?

(scientificamerican.com): Web sites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor and Yelp have long depended on customers to rate books, hotels and restaurants. The philosophy behind this so-called crowdsourcing strategy holds that the truest and most accurate evaluations will come from aggregating the opinions of a large and diverse group of people.
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Federal Agencies Issue Caution on Use of E-Readers in the Classroom

(printceo.com): In our rush to embrace iPads, Kindles, and other revolutionary electronic book readers, it's easy to forget that these devices can seem anything but revolutionary to those who can't see well enough to discern what's on their screens. But, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education haven't forgotten the exclusions that e-readers can cause when they are used as learning tools in classrooms where sight-impaired students are striving to keep up.
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Compulsory licensing in intellectual property

(smallgovtimes.com): Nearly one-fourth of scientists responding to a survey by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific body in the world, reported that patents were hampering their research. In the European Union, over 60 billion are wasted every year on research and development of products that are already protected by patent law. An experiment using a virtual world to simulate the effects of the US patent system found that the "participants were more likely to innovate when there was no intellectual property system at all, or when they could open-source their innovations and share them with people.
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Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market

(nytimes.com): Later this summer, Google plans to introduce its long-awaited push into electronic books, called Google Editions. The company has revealed little about the venture thus far, describing it generally as an effort to sell digital books that will be readable within a Web browser and accessible from any Internet-connected computing device.
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Privacy Concerns Fail to Slow Social Activity

(emarketer.com): Facebook, which stirred consumer privacy worries in spring 2010 with its rollout of new opt-out initiatives, has not experienced an exodus of users, leaving many industry watchdogs wondering whether web users really do care about online security. According to a May 2010 study by privacy researcher the Ponemon Institute sponsored by identity theft prevention service ProtectMyID.com, more than three-quarters of US social media users have at least some concern about their privacy and security while using social media, including 28% who say their concerns are serious.
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