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Publishers Remain Committed to Expanding Online Access to Books And Upholding Copyright Despite Court Decision

(publishers.org): While the March 22 decision of U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin on the Google Book Settlement Agreement that was filed on November 13, 2009 is not the final approval, it provides clear guidance to all parties as to what modifications are necessary for its approval. The publisher plaintiffs are prepared to enter into a narrower Settlement along those lines to take advantage of its groundbreaking opportunities. The Settlement has the potential to unlock online access to millions of out-of-print books in the U.S. and expand it for titles in-print while acknowledging and compensating the rights and interests of authors and copyright owners and enhancing our ability to distribute our content online.
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Research Practices Must Be Changed to Minimize Fraud, Deception

(prnewswire.com): Scientists, journals, the media and public need to reassess how studies are conducted, published and promoted, say U-M physicians in JAMA commentary. In 1998, a study linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in children appeared in a respected medical journal. For a decade, the study grabbed headlines worldwide.
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Three Fundamental Misunderstandings About Open Access

(openaccess.eprints.org): What is self-archived in institutional open access repositories is quality-controlled, peer-reviewed final drafts of journal articles, immediately upon acceptance for publication. This is what is meant by "green open access." The reason green open access self-archiving of peer-reviewed journal articles is growing too slowly is very simple - It has to be mandated by researchers' institutions and funders.
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Google should be regulated, says survey

(theage.com): Nearly two-thirds of Australians believe internet search engine Google should be subject to government regulation on issues such as personal privacy. While people overwhelmingly (84 per cent) have a positive view of Google, and most (58 per cent) say it does not have too much power, polling by opinion research company UMR also has found significant concerns.
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The trend toward more ereader features seems to undermine the simplicity of reading

(radar.oreilly.com): In a recent post for Gear Diary, Douglas Moran bemoaned the direction technological "advancements" are taking ereader apps and devices. As examples, he compared the original Barnes&Noble eReader (which he liked) to its replacement, the Nook app (which "kinda stinks"). Moran and others noted the simplicity of the Kindle and how its fewer features might make for a more straightforward reading experience. But perhaps the Kindle isn't quite simple enough.
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