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How a Personal Learning Network built on Twitter led to a Volume of a Print Journal.  
Great story of how a special issue of the International Review of Psychiatry was put together.
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A Personal Learning Network becomes a Print Journal Issue: Why Academics Really use Twitter
Social Media allows a motivated and engaged learner to build connections that can enhance lifelong learning.  The connections become a learners Personal Learning Network or PLN.  The ability of social media to help a learner find and connect with the right ...
Social Media allows a motivated and engaged learner to build connections that can enhance lifelong learning.  The connections become a learners Personal Learning Network or PLN.  The ability of social media to help a learner ...
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Dr. Schatz wrote a letter to the author of the Tuskegee study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine - questioning the ethics of continuing an observation only study of patients with Syphilis even when treatment was available.

'Dr. Schatz sent his letter, comprising three sentences, to the study’s senior author, Dr. Donald H. Rockwell. He wrote: “I am utterly astounded by the fact that physicians allow patients with potentially fatal disease to remain untreated when effective therapy is available. I assume you feel that the information which is extracted from observation of this untreated group is worth their sacrifice. If this is the case, then I suggest the United States Public Health Service and those physicians associated with it in this study need to re-evaluate their moral judgments in this regard.”'

Dr. Schatz passed away recently. The story is in NY Times
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/health/irwin-schatz-83-rare-critic-of-tuskegee-study-is-dead.html 
The year 1963 marks the 30th year of the long-term evaluation of the effect of untreated syphilis in the male Negro conducted by the Venereal Disease Branch, Communicable Disease Center, United States Public Health Service. This paper summarizes the information obtained in this study—well known...
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Apparently Caffeine was not enough so now we have abuse of ADHD meds in the workplace. 
Interviews with users and treatment experts suggest a growing number of young American workers are taking stimulants to enhance concentration and stamina at work.
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All good questions, the answers to which we dont know. Unless we take the example of the military veteran community - many of whom have made heavy use of various stimulants. If they are example then the future indeed does look bleak.
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Google and Europe: Everyone Wants to Have Their Cake and Eat it Too!

Earlier, Google and German publishers got into a row.  The publishers wanted Google to pay for displaying headlines of their stories. Google instead took their excepts off its search results causing traffic to the publishers' sites to plummet.  The publishers backed off and allowed Google to show its excerpts without paying for them.  This was seen as a victory for Google and it showed the publishers they needed Google more than Google needed them.

Now Google is facing "monopoly" charges in the EU because how much impact it has on driving web traffic.  Now Google is claiming that it drives <10% of the traffic to sites like Guadrian.co.uk.  And Guardian responded by stating that >50% of the traffic to guardian.com comes from Google.  The tables are turned with publishers saying they can't do without Google and Google saying they are only one minority player in a competitive landscape.

From a consumer point of view, Google provides a great number of services that are excellent quality.  We have a choice to use other search engines, social networks, news aggregators, collaborative cloud-based authoring and storage services and still choose Google. 

The question is whether the huge impact of a successful model that Google has built hurts a content provider that does not figure prominently on Google search results.  Google may be forced to be more transparent about its secret sauce that makes its search and aggreegators work so well.  Who wins in that case?  And who loses?

Is this the price any company will have to pay for success in the digital age?
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A 2014 study from Princeton 
"Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

Yesterday Doug Hughes a Florida postal worker finally got so fed up with the lack of Campaign Finance Reform that he flew a small gyrocopter with a message for each congressman to Capitol Hill without being stopped by any security agency. (Remember Rust's flight from Germany to Red Square in Moscow?)

Here is the video clip and his letter to the US Congress.  It is worth a look.http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/ruskin-mailman-tries-flying-to-capitol-in-gyrocopter-to-deliver-campaign/2225584
What in the World: A new report finds that an elite few dominate US policy, the human error behind South Korea's ferry tragedy, and Algeria's uneasy status quo election.
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How a Personal Learning Network built on Twitter led to a Volume of a Print Journal.  
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Have Amazon purchases delivered wherever you are - directly to your car!
Packages could be delivered to the boot of your Audi as part of a trial involving the car maker, Amazon and DHL.
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One view (an anti-Google) one of the Android issues that will come up in the EU-google anti-trust case.
The other way to look at this story is the consumer experience. The early Android experience was less than ideal due to fragmentation, manufacturers not updating OSes etc. With a more closed source Google's version of Android, the OS is now on >80% of smartphones in the world.
The problem is one can't win - if you want to provide good inform user experience you need control which means some type of closed source - which leads to success and sets you up for anti-trust lawsuits.


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Just when they seemed to be getting Ebola under control a new mysterious disease pops up in Nigeria. Apparently rapidly fatal (within 24 hours of symptom onset). Starts with blurring of vision and Headache followed by loss of consciousness and death.

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Schools plan for iPads goes awry.
No surprise when you out technology before pedagogy!
Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
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Unfortunately, this was mishandled from the start.
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