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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

Snapchat posts new privacy policy

Last Modified: October 28, 2015 – “Snapchat is a fast and fun way to share experiences with your friends and the world around you. You can send a photo or video Snap to friends, chronicle your day through My Story, touch base using Chat, immerse yourself in global events through Live, and enjoy handcrafted storiesContinue Reading

Guiding Principles on Privacy and Security of Personal Wellness Data

Consumer Electronics Association: “Wellness-related wearable devices represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the Internet of Things. Consumers now harness data about themselves — calories, steps, heart rate, and more — to improve their well-being. In the future, these devices will tell consumers even more about themselves, providing analytics and insights that will empower themContinue Reading

Challenges to scholarly journal paywalls take several directions

The prohibitive cost of e-journal subscriptions and the wealth of critical research articles available only for fee continues to reverberate in different directions as individuals and groups work to bypass paywalls. Aaron Swartz spearheaded these efforts in 2013 when he downloaded millions of articles through MIT’s JSTOR account.  More recently, efforts to broaden access toContinue Reading

View all the Web and App Activities You Conduct Using Google

TechInsider: “The tech giant collects various user data including search history, location, and voice searches to help improve its services and provide relevant ads. However, some users might be surprised to know they can easily take a look at all of the data Google has on them…To view this information, go to “My Account” thenContinue Reading

Google is recording your voice and questions

Quartz – Mike Murphy – Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive “Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But GoogleContinue Reading

European Court of Justice

Decision of Europe’s top court on the validity of data transfer regime between the EU and US

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist, September 8, 2015. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic orContinue Reading

Alphabet Code of Conduct

Alphabet Code of Conduct: “Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates (“Alphabet”) should do the right thing – follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect. We expect all of our employees and Board members to know and follow this Code of Conduct. Failure to do so can result inContinue Reading

Predatory open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk. Information Systems Science, Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki 00101, Finland The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: – Published: 1 October 2015. BMC Medicine 2015, 13:230 Continue Reading

Berkman Center Launches New Internet Data Dashboard

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the launch of the Internet Monitor dashboard, a freely accessible tool that aims to improve information for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and user communities working to shape the future of the Internet by helping them understand trends in Internet health and activity throughContinue Reading

NYT: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

New York Times – The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead “The surprising resilience of print has provided a lift to many booksellers. Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores inContinue Reading