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Brookings – Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas

Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, December 7, 2015. “For many Americans, daily life orbits around a high-speed Internet connection. Workers and students go online to communicate and learn. Families stay in touch through live video feeds. Job seekers often need an electronic resume and anContinue Reading

Pew – Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized

D.C.-based newspaper staff focus on Congress, but wire services account for most of what readers see – December 3, 2015. “The story of who is covering federal government is a striking illustration of the shifting power dynamics within American journalism at large. Reporters for niche outlets, some of which offer highly specialized information services atContinue Reading

3.2B People Now Online Globally TechCrunch Reports

“The 2015 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched on 30 November, 2015, on the first day of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2015, in Hiroshima, Japan. Parallel launch events took place in Addis Ababa, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva and Moscow. The Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICTContinue Reading

FastCompany on the Future of Facebook

Harry McCracken – FastCompany – Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones. “The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago. It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public onContinue Reading

UK Bookseller Association and ‘Civilised Saturday’

Via Good – Forget Black Friday—Spend ‘Civilised Saturday’ in an Independent Bookstore Instead by Rafi Schwartz “There is a certain sense of specifically English pride involved in the event, a backlash to what’s perceived as the American vibe of Black Friday, a fairly new addition to the British calendar. “Black Friday appeared quite suddenly in the U.K., and sinceContinue Reading

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 forContinue Reading

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 LLRX.com – 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 LLRX.com: 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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2690570 “”Public access to publicly funded research” has been one of the rallying calls of the global open access movement. GovernmentsContinue Reading