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MIT Technology Review – 50 Smartest Companies 2017

Our editors pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model. Each year we identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting on technology renewal. And the list is full of ambitious startups like SpaceX, which is changing the economics of space travel with reusable rockets; Face ++, a pioneer in face recognition technology; and additive-manufacturing firms Carbon and Desktop Metal. For additional perspective on the list, which starts here, please see our essay, “It Pays to Be Smart.”

2017 Investment Company Factbook

2017 Investment Company Factbook – A Review of Trends and Activities in the Investment Company Industry. “The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is a leading global association of regulated funds, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts (UITs) in the United States and similar funds offered to investors in jurisdictions worldwide.… Continue Reading

Paper – Compensation for Breach of the General Data Protection Regulation

O’Dell, Eoin, Compensation for Breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (June 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992351 “Article 82(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that any “person who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of this Regulation shall have the right to receive compensation from… Continue Reading

Paper – AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

Urs Glasser – Medium – “While there is reasonable hope that superhuman killer robots won’t catch us anytime soon, narrower types of AI-based technologies have started changing our daily lives: AI applications are rolled out at an accelerated pace in schools, homes, and hospitals, with digital leaders such as high tech, telecom, and financial services… Continue Reading

Investigative Report of Questionable Actions Allegedly Taken by NPS Officials During the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Inspector General, Department of the Interior: “We initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint concerning questionable actions allegedly taken by National Park Service (NPS) officials and employees during and after the 58th presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Mall on January 20, 2017. The complainant alleged the following: That an NPS National Mall and Memorial… Continue Reading

Paper – Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?

Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?. Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “The Cardiff University repository team is currently part of a wider research support team that includes Open Access funding and advocacy, research analytics, and the recently-established… Continue Reading

Paper – Metadata for research data discovery and management

Metadata for research data discovery and management, Lizz Jennings, Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “Requirements for sharing research data have increased in recent years, partly in response to the open science agenda and partly as a means to make better use of… Continue Reading

US Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership

“Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew… Continue Reading

Implementation of Agreement between US and China on Science and Technology

U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-03522 Doc No. C06306089 Date: 05/11/2017 UNCLASSIFIED – Implementation of Agreement between the United States and China on Science and Technology Public Law 107-314. [via FAS] “Federal agencies continued to advance a range of U.S. objectives during the reporting period between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. During… Continue Reading

EU Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine

EU news release: “The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up… Continue Reading

GOP stalls vote on repeal and replace of Obama health care act

Follow up to previous postings cited in Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – tonight via Dan Balz, the Washington Post – ‘Repeal and replace’ was once a unifier for the GOP. Now it’s an albatross. “After seven years, Republicans’ promise to overhaul the Affordable Care… Continue Reading

Paper – Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets

Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets. Jian Xu University of Notre Dame; Nitesh V. ChawlaUniversity of Notre Dame, via arXiv, June 22, 2017. Abstract – “What tweet features are associated with higher effectiveness in tweets? Through the mining of 122 million engagements of 2.5 million original tweets, we present a systematic review of tweet time, entities,… Continue Reading