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Executive order to reduce regulatory burdens spurs AMA physician survey

(ama-assn.org): Over the years, Medicare has demanded that physicians take on a panoply of duties aimed at achieving social justice and protecting Medicare from potential fraud by other providers. While these requirements generally have laudable goals, costs frequently exceed benefits and are simply unrealistic in a program which fails to recognize the cost of practice changes implemented after 1973 and which threatens physicians with cuts of nearly 30 percent next year.
   
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Ads on Kindles, E-Readers Are Wave of Future

(technewsdaily.com): Analysts say ads could become a common part of the e-reader experience following Amazon's announcement of a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle device. Amazon announced on Monday (April 11) that it will be dropping the price of its Kindle e-reader in exchange for the addition of on-screen advertisements on new devices. The new Kindle - priced at $114, which is $25 less than what it goes for now - will have ads at the bottom of the device's homepage and also in the form of screensavers.
   
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Apple angles for position of power in publishing world

(physorg.com): Apple's bold foray into the world of digital publishing could make it the online gatekeeper for newspaper and magazine content, just as it is for music. But for a plan ostensibly designed to help ailing print publishers sign up new readers and thrive in the digital jungle, the Cupertino, Calif., giant's new subscription model has met with push-back from the industry, mixed reviews from analysts, and rants from bloggers calling the company everything from monopolist to Mafioso.
   
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Will Publishers Be Relevant to the Future?

(publishersweekly.com): The 2011 London Book Fair seminar program kicked off with a good old-fashioned debate featuring four great publishing personalities. The provocative resolution: "Publishers in the digital age will be irrelevant." Hosted by Susan Danziger, CEO of DailyLit and organizer of the Publishing Point, and moderated by Michael Healy, executive director of the Book Rights Registry, the teams included Richard Charkin, executive director of Bloomsbury Publishing; Andrew Franklin, publisher and managing director of Profile Books (arguing against the motion); Cory Doctorow, bestselling author, blogger, and Publishers Weekly columnist; and London-based tech author and publisher James Bridle, arguing for the resolution. But as Doctorow noted early on, the question was an artificial one, and as the debate went on, it was clear that no one truly believed that publishers were going away, while all agreed that publishing was changing rapidly.
   
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Is Higher Education the Next Bubble to Burst?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Economic bubbles are interesting phenomena. They occur 'when something is overvalued and intensely believed,' sort of the economic version of infatuation. Education now fits that definition - tuition is too high, fees make it even higher, debt loads are unreasonable, and there is mounting evidence that the payoff isn't all it's cracked up to be. Education, as a form of insurance against the future, may be overvalued, especially higher education.
   
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