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Sharing research data to improve public health

(blogs.openaccesscentral.com): Advances in information technology have revolutionised science by enabling researchers to freely and openly share large datasets with investigators beyond the original research team. Whilst data sharing is now the norm in fields such as physics and genetics, a number of obstacles including time and cost constraints, in addition to technical and ethical issues, have hindered the establishment of data sharing within public health research.
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Pirated content sites attract billions a year, says study

(news.cnet.com): Web sites hawking pirated software and other digital goods are luring in about 53 billion visits each year. That's according to a report (PDF) released yesterday by MarkMonitor, a company that protects online brands for its corporate customers. Piracy sites made up the majority of the 53 billion visits, while those selling counterfeit goods such as fake prescription drugs and luxury items accounted for a considerably smaller amount of traffic: about 92 million visits a year.
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Why Is the Internet Considered to Be "Artificial"?

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): One of the social concerns stalking the Internet has been its perceived artificiality - there's still a stigma to things like virtual reality, Facebook "friends," and Internet dating. After all, these things aren't real. They're artificial. They represent a separation from reality that's either strange or alarming. One overall concern has been that such immersion in this artificial realm is separating our children from reality, lending an artifice to their perceptions of important social connections that won't serve them well into the future.
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(ISC)2 research shows focus on technology skills for cloud computing

(infosecurity-magazine.com): At the Infosecurity Europe press conference in London, January 11 2011, John Colley, managing director EMEA, (ISC)2, shared some preliminary results from the 2011 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) conducted by industry analysts Frost&Sullivan. Colley revealed that 73% of the 7500 (ISC)2 certified professionals participating in the survey said that cloud computing requires new skills for security professionals.
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iPad publishing: Why the real challenge is the competition for attention

(guardian.co.uk): There's optimism but a lack of confidence in the news industry when it comes to exploiting the iPad. Conde Nast is doing selectively ambitious projects, and a handful of titles are carefully pushing out sensitively planned apps - aware of the scrutiny of developing for this high-profile platform. Beyond the traditional media industry, there have been few innovative models for iPad news apps.
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