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Ever wondered why publishers/journalists are so timid when it comes to reporting on Google? They're scared: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/16/google-building-digital-superstate-german-media-dopfner
Mathias Döpfner, head of Europe's largest newspaper publisher, says internet search engine is abusing market dominance
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+Jan Wyllie Yes, people in the main polluter countries do live in cultures of helplessness but that can change quickly -- helplessness is learned behaviour and has a negative, depressing effect and so can be "shrugged off" relatively easily. When people see effective ways to change their lives and those of their families, friends, and communities and push back against the messages of indifference and helplessness that they're constantly exposed to through the mainstream media, change becomes inevitable. It only takes around 1% of a population to mobilise in non-violent protest to force change on governments. In fact, we're not asking for much; greater energy efficiency saves everyone money and creates more jobs (e.g. retrofitting infrastructure and buildings, designing and developing new technologies) and expanding already existing renewable energy projects and starting new ones creates international economic advantages, e.g. less energy dependence on areas of conflict in the world, which is incredibly expensive and destructive, reduce the negative health effects of fossil fuel extraction (fracking poisons large areas of land, oil wells and pipelines regularly leak massive amounts of oil and other toxins into the environment) and processing (oil refineries poison air, water, land, and everything for hundreds of kilometres around them, coal mines dump massive amounts of toxic waste into rivers and waterways), and the oppressive conditions under which those workers and their families live. Just imagine what we'd save on healthcare costs alone!
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As learner-led/learner-centred learning and teaching oriented methods and principles gain attention and popularity, teachers, curriculum developers, and instructional designers are incorporating them into learning activities and courses. Many report mixed results and issues when they do so. The following article examines one possible contributing factor to such results and issues.

http://blog.matbury.com/2014/04/07/are-teacher-led-learner-led-approaches-compatible/
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This looks interesting: https://appear.in/

Video conversations with up to 8 people for free. No login – no installs

Looks like computer mediated communication is moving up a notch :)
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It's does screen-sharing too, if you can enable it in your browser (depends on browser support).
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http://www.democracynow.org - Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin joins us to discuss her new book, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance." Currently at ProPublica and previously with the Wall Street Journal, Angwin details her complex and fraught path towards increasing her own online privacy. According to Angwin, the private data collected by East Germany's Soviet-era Stasi secret police could pale in comparison to the information revealed today by an individual's Facebook profile or Google search. 

Dragnet Nation: Do Google, Facebook Know More Private Info Than NSA and Soviet-Era Secret Police?
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Apple Inc. depend on free and open source software (FOSS) like everyone else in the IT industry, and yet they do little, if anything, to support it. In fact, their nonsensical patent claims and lawsuits, e.g. swipe to unlock and the concept of tablets (Haven't they ever watched the 1960s Star Trek?), only serve to stifle creativity and innovation in the open source community.

http://www.itworld.com/it-management/414053/citizen-apple-spotty-record-giving-back-tech
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"Apple, as an example, bundles software from the Apache Software Foundation with its OS X operating system, but does not financially support the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in any way."
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Should we redefine what the word "philanthropist" means?
http://act.presente.org/sign/gatesdivestment
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"The organisation most focused on IT security in the USA, National Security Agency, uses Linux." -- Nils Torvalds, 
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Looks like MS Office, among others, might have to support open documents in the not-too-distant future: 
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/mep-tarand-eu-should-switch-odf-standard

FOSS / Free and open source software is steadily gaining ground on desktops :)
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According to Harvard Business Review, making a living from apps and tech startups isn't the best of choices for most.

On the other hand, shouldn't we be encouraging school children who are interested to experiment with app and plugin development? They can learn a lot about math, problem solving, project management, and working collaboratively, while being fully engaged in a rewarding and worthwhile activity.
 
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/why-do-app-developers-still-live-with-their-moms/
A few big winners capture huge returns. The rest, not so much.
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Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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    Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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Matt Bury is an elearning consultant and software developer based in Guelph, Canada. Activities inlcude learning management systems, eportfolio systems, blended learning, curriculum development, social learning, social networking systems, communities of practice, and more
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