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Is health care quality threatened by manufacturer-funded drug research?

(justmeans.com): Health care researchers from the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association have concluded that published pharmaceutical research sponsored by drug makers overwhelmingly report positive findings. More so than studies not funded by manufacturers. That's probably no surprise to anyone. For a number of reasons there's a general publication bias towards studies that report positive findings.
   
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What Health Care Teaches Us About the Future of Publishing

(publishingperspectives.com): In publishing, the emergence of Amazon at a time when only bricks-and-mortar stores existed would fit this disruptive profile perfectly with their business model of discounted prices, availability of every book in print and the single-click shopping experience. Today, the emergence of digital publishing and e-books is, without a doubt, a form of innovation, but whether it proves to be merely incremental or truly disruptive will take some time to tell.
   
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E-book readers may become substitute for traditional books in Georgia

(finchannel.com): According to a study made by The FINANCIAL, e-book readers with Georgian Unicode font are going to be brought to Georgia in the early autumn of 2010. "Singular Group" has taken the plunge to develop the custom digital book store application/service, which can be integrated in popular e-readers, such as Amazon Kindle. The service will be developed and operated by Singular Group LLC and books will be provided by the "Book Store" LTD. Currently the project is in its research phase.
   
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'Act Now, Apologize Later': Will Users 'Friend' Facebook's Latest Intrusion on Privacy?

(knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu): With more than 400 million users, social networking giant Facebook theoretically has a lot to lose if it sidesteps privacy without consumers' consent. But each time the company introduces new features that make users' personal information available to an increasingly wide circle, the site continues to grow. In 2007, for example, it introduced "Beacon," a system that tracked users' online purchases and reported them back to their profiles and made the information visible to their friends. The goal was to create more opportunities for targeted advertising.
   
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We need to protect blue-sky research

(newscientist.com): Many academic scientists also feel uncomfortable about justifying their research efforts beyond publishing in good journals and speaking at international conferences. Surely the judgement of your academic peers is enough, they argue, without also trying to drive the UK's economic recovery? And anyway, they warn, monitoring and collecting information about social and economic impacts requires more time and effort spent on filling in paperwork rather than on carrying out research itself.
   
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