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A world of connections - special report on social networking

(economist.com): Online social networks are changing the way people communicate, work and play, and mostly for the better. Although Facebook is the world's biggest social network, there are a number of other globetrotting sites, such as MySpace, which concentrates on music and entertainment; LinkedIn, which targets career-minded professionals; and Twitter, a networking service that lets members send out short, 140-character messages called "tweets". All of these appear in a ranking of the world's most popular networks by total monthly web visits.
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DoD 'Wiki' Increases Technical Collaboration

(defense.gov): Scientists traditionally share information by publishing their completed research studies in academic journals. But the pace and nature of technological change renders that process much too slow. That's why, in 2008, the Defense Technical Information Center launched a scientific and technical "wiki" Web site to increase real-time exchanges between experts across the Defense Department. Access to the wiki also is granted to scientists working in related government agencies and contracting firms. There now are more than 11,000 monthly users.
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New One-Stop Source for Scientific Information about U.S. Oceans and Waters

(usgs.gov): A one-stop source for biogeographic information collected from U.S. waters and oceanic regions is now available from the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program. The OBIS-USA website offers a unique combination of tools, resources, and biodiversity information to aide scientists, resource managers and decision makers in the research and analyses critical to sustaining the nation's valued marine ecosystems.
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Macmillan raising e-book prices, Amazon opposed

(independent.co.uk): US book publisher Macmillan is raising its e-book prices in a move that threatens to shake up the market and is being strongly opposed by Amazon, maker of the Kindle electronic book reader. Amazon temporarily pulled Macmillan titles from its Kindle store over the weekend to protest what it called its "strong disagreement" with the pricing plan from Macmillan, one of the six major US book publishers.
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Journal stem cell work 'blocked'

(bbc.co.uk): Stem cell experts say they believe a small group of scientists is effectively vetoing high quality science from publication in journals. In some cases they say it might be done to deliberately stifle research that is in competition with their own.
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