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Google releases report – search quality evaluation process

The human interface – search quality evaluation guideline report by Google, November 12, 2015 – 160 pages guide – “As a Search Quality evaluator, you will work on many different types of rating projects. The General Guidelines primarily cover Page Quality (PQ) rating and Needs Met( NM) rating; however, the concepts are also important for many other types of rating tasks…”

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

PWC 2015 US CEO Survey

“For the first time in five years in PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, more business leaders rate the US as their most important market for overseas growth ahead of all others, including China’s. As the US recovery gains traction, it is gaining more adherents. Challenges remain, yet key measures of US economic health are improving.Continue Reading

Google – Updated Search Quality Rating Guidelines

Google Webmaster Central Blog: “Developing algorithmic changes to search involves a process of experimentation. Part of that experimentation is having evaluators—people who assess the quality of Google’s search results—give us feedback on our experiments. Ratings from evaluators do not determine individual site rankings, but are used help us understand our experiments. The evaluators base theirContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The True Measure of Bitcoin’s Success

Via – The True Measure of Bitcoin’s Success – This commentary by financial analyst Ryan Davis supports the position that the price of Bitcoin should not be the primary measure of the state of Bitcoin, nor should any one metric be the primary measure of the state of Bitcoin. The true measure of the stateContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Bitcoin Derivatives – Independent Study Report

Via Bitcoin Derivatives – Independent Study Report – Financial analyst Ryan Davis describes the landscape of exchanges based in and outside of the U.S. that have begun to offer trading in bitcoin derivatives. TeraExchange completed the first bitcoin derivative trade on a regulated exchange in the U.S. on October 8, 2014 with its BitcoinContinue Reading

Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding

Lawson, Stuart and Gray, Jonathan and Mauri, Michele, Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing (November 13, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “”Public access to publicly funded research” has been one of the rallying calls of the global open access movement. GovernmentsContinue Reading

Technology Device Ownership: 2015

Pew – “Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups: 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone,Continue Reading

Controlling Internet Infrastructure, Parts 1 and 2

Via OTI – “The Open Technology Institute at New America is committed to freedom and social justice in the digital age. To achieve these goals, it intervenes in traditional policy debates, builds technology, and deploys tools with communities.” Controlling Internet Infrastructure. The “IANA Transition” and Why It Matters for the Future of the Internet, PartContinue Reading

Ranking Digital Rights Spotlights Corporate Practices Around Privacy, Freedom of Expression

“Many of the world’s most powerful Internet and telecommunications companies are not doing enough to respect basic user rights, according to new research released today. Even the companies that ranked highest are missing the mark in some ways, and improvements are needed across the board to demonstrate a greater commitment to users’ freedom of expressionContinue Reading

Google launches subscription service for YouTube

Knowedge@Wharton – “Last week, YouTube launched the company’s long-anticipated ad-free monthly subscription service, YouTube Red — a move that may not only affect the streaming video giant’s content creators and users, but also ripple through a number of businesses run by YouTube’s parent company, Google. And the impact of the announcement could reverberate further: YouTubeContinue Reading

The Cost of Used Books Plummets as Availability Swells

New York Times – A Penny for Your Books By Dan Nosowitzoct, October 26, 2015: “…in recent years, my bookshelves have swelled. Old John le Carré and Donald E. Westlake and Lawrence Block titles are easier than ever to find online, along with pretty much every other book published in the last century. They’re allContinue Reading