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Polish heritage research offers unique hurdles Tom Mooney Out on a Limb - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Polish heritage research offers unique hurdles Tom Mooney Out on a Limb - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderPolish heritage research offers unique hurdles Tom Mooney Out on a LimbWilkes Barre Times-LeaderIt's the Polish Research Roundtable, set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
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Digital Nation - Life On The Virtual Frontier | FRONTLINE | PBS

Digital Nation - Life On The Virtual Frontier | FRONTLINE | PBS | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
A TV/Web report on the digital revolution and how it's changing our lives, with video stories, interviews, and user-generated video on relationships, information overload, education, the military, parenting, brain development, and more.
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Eating from the Social Media ROI Cookbook | Social Media Today

Eating from the Social Media ROI Cookbook | Social Media Today | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
ROI eludes many folks in the social media space. Not because social marketeers aren’t able to, it’s just damn difficult to assign cause and effect to a very organic and often nebulous activity.
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Which Social Platform Really Drives the Most Traffic? | Social Media Today

Which Social Platform Really Drives the Most Traffic? | Social Media Today | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
In preparing for our morning show we were doing some research and came across an old story that showed that StumbleUpon was actually driving more traffic than FaceBook in January of 2011 and we wondered two things about that - firstly, is it still...
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Path 2.5 Inches Closer To Human-Centered Social-Networking

Path 2.5 Inches Closer To Human-Centered Social-Networking | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
At launch, Path seemed like the ultimate social network for mobiles. It was as addictive to scroll as Instagram, but richer in actions like Facebook.
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Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth | U.S. Naval Institute

Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth | U.S. Naval Institute | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

7 billion worth of vulnerability. Aircraft carriers are weighing just as heavy on the US amerd forces, as battleships did before Pearl Harbor. In this day and age of deficits, reconsidering the role of he aircarrier fleet seems like a reasonable idea. 

 

"The truth is, a deployed aircraft carrier is more vulnerable to mission kill than is commonly believed, and the Department of Defense should consider efforts to prevent or mitigate such an exigency."

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Xbox Live Challenges the Cable Box

Xbox Live Challenges the Cable Box | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

Subscribers of Microsoft’s Xbox Live, rejoice. Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, you will be able to watch television programming from the Xbox 360 console. You will also be able to search Hulu and Netflix via voice. Kinect is fully integrated in the suite of programs and application, which adds gesture control as well.

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How the Internet Is Ruining Everything and Why This is A Great Thing, Too

How the Internet Is Ruining Everything and Why This is A Great Thing, Too | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

A good example of having the cake and eating it too... Weinberg both decries the Internet's unleasing of personal knowledge and cheers for it...

 

"One of the authors of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" says the hyperlinked structure of the Internet has destroyed several millennia of Western thought and aspiration. He likes this, saying it is a better model of how the world really works.

 

 

<<Newspapers, encyclopedias, they are just gone, at the touch of a hyperlink,” Mr. Weinberger said. The institutions of “education and politics – they’ll just shatter. How did they get to be so fragile?” With the pained glee of a scientist discovering very bad news, he added, “knowledge for my generation was at the center of the human quest. It is going the way of the recording industry. It is a term that won’t survive the generation.>> "

 

 

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Smashwords needs to improve Meatgrinder if it wants to beat CreateSpace

Smashwords needs to improve Meatgrinder if it wants to beat CreateSpace | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

Dude, get a life... If you want Smashwords to beat CreateSpace, make sure that chikenshit does not get in the way of your success.... Give your authors a hand, do not make them do loop-de-loops around stupid, arcane epub rules.... Improve your meatgrinder... 

 

"Your book contains some possibly corrupt formatting. If you take a look at the EPUB, you'll notice there are slight font size differentiations. This is caused by your mix of inconsistent on-screen formatting. One option is to do a CTRL-A and change everything to Normal style, then modify the style to enforce the characteristics you want. ||| The numbers/bullets in your lists are disappearing off the left margin; please check or alter your list formatting."  

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Steve Jobs’s Real Genius

Steve Jobs’s Real Genius | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

Malcolm Gladwell (of Tipping Point and Blink fame) puts the dot on the i regarding Steve Jobs' real genius: to combine things that he found in semi finished state.

"Jobs’s sensibility was editorial, not inventive. His gift lay in taking what was in front of him—the tablet with stylus—and ruthlessly refining it. After looking at the first commercials for the iPad, he tracked down the copywriter, James Vincent, and told him, “Your commercials suck.”

“Well, what do you want?” Vincent shot back. “You’ve not been able to tell me what you want.”
“I don’t know,” Jobs said. “You have to bring me something new. Nothing you’ve shown me is even close.”
Vincent argued back and suddenly Jobs went ballistic. “He just started screaming at me,” Vincent recalled. Vincent could be volatile himself, and the volleys escalated.
When Vincent shouted, “You’ve got to tell me what you want,” Jobs shot back, “You’ve got to show me some stuff, and I’ll know it when I see it.”

I’ll know it when I see it."

 

 

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Free but not easy

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MANY mocked, but the money rolled in.
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The Information Society

The Information Society | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
The Information Society is a multidisciplinary journal intended to answer questions about the Information Age. It provides a forum for thoughtful commentary and discussion of significant topics in the world of information, such as transborder data flow, regulatory issues, the impact of the information industry, information as a determinant of public and private organizational performance, and information and the sovereignty of the public and private organizational performance, and information and the sovereignty of the public. Its papers analyze information policy issues affecting society. Because of the journal's international perspective, it will have worldwide appeal to scientists and policymakers in government, education, and industry. Topics covered include:
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Ambiguity and conflict in the Wikipedian knowledge production system

Ambiguity and conflict in the Wikipedian knowledge production system | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
Understanding how policymaking and knowledge is produced on Wikipedia is a fascinating topic, which I had the privilege of studying over the past...
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Insights: A community to be proud of - The Daily News Online

Insights: A community to be proud of - The Daily News Online | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
Insights: A community to be proud ofThe Daily News OnlineDespite what most valedictorians may tell you, living in a small town, or close-knit community is not a bad thing.
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Social media brings us closer than ever to Olympic athletes. | Social Media Today

Social media brings us closer than ever to Olympic athletes. | Social Media Today | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
Want to know what Tom Daley’s bedroom looks like? Or how Matthew Mitcham amuses himself in the Olympic Park between training sessions? Or where 5,000 can sit down to dinner?
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The Location Aware Services Daily

The Location Aware Services Daily | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
A newspaper by Pekka Puhakka - updated daily with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (The Location Aware Services Daily is out!
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Keyword Research! - Why You Should Use “Quotation Marks”

This really is for anyone who is new to this exciting business! Using quotation marks is something that confuses many online. People usually ask “why (Keyword Research!
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BioSpace Spotlights the growing Midwest Life Science Community - Today's Market News (MARKCOMM) News - InvestorPoint.com

BioSpace Spotlights the growing Midwest Life Science Community [February 7, July - 2:01 AM PST]: (RT @investorpoint: BioSpace Spotlights the growing Midwest Life Science Community http://t.co/Ax38fd8z...)...
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[December 5] The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World | Berkman Center

[December 5] The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World | Berkman Center | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

Does social media lead to rich, networked lives and increased social capital? Or not? A Berkman center seminar featuring Professor Charles Nesson as Provocateur and Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (Bard College), Peter Levine (Tufts University), Harry Lewis (Harvard SEAS), Elizabeth Lynn (Project on Civic Reflection) and Juan Carlos de Martin (Berkman Center) as participants.

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Too Big to Know:

How the new dimensions of information are transforming business — and life (David Weinberger speaks that the Berkeley School of Information)

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100 Notable Books of 2011

100 Notable Books of 2011 | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

The Book Review’s annual list.... A selection of titles..

 

 

FICTION

 

THE ANGEL ESMERALDA: Nine Stories. By Don DeLillo. (Scribner, $24.) 

 

THE ART OF FIELDING. By Chad Harbach. (Little, Brown, $25.99.) 

 

THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES. By Héctor Tobar. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.) 

 

BIG QUESTIONS. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? Written and illustrated by Anders Brekhus Nilsen. (Drawn & Quarterly, cloth, $69.95; paper, $44.95.) 

 

THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC. By Julie Otsuka. (Knopf, $22.) 

 

CANTI. By Giacomo Leopardi. 

 

THE CAT’S TABLE. By Michael Ondaatje. 

 

CHANGÓ’S BEADS AND TWO-TONE SHOES. By William Kennedy. (Viking, $26.95.) 

 

COME ON ALL YOU GHOSTS. By Matthew Zapruder. (Copper Canyon, paper, $16.)

 

11/22/63. By Stephen King. (Scribner, $35.) What if Kennedy did not die?

 

THE FREE WORLD. By David Bezmozgis. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) 

 

NONFICTION

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AND SO IT GOES. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life. By Charles J. Shields. (Holt, $30.) 

 

THE ART OF CRUELTY: A Reckoning. By Maggie Nelson. (Norton, $24.95.)

 

ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE. By Roya Hakakian. (Grove, $25.) 

 

THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY: Explanations That Transform the World. By David Deutsch. (Viking, $30.) 

 

BELIEVING IS SEEING: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography. By Errol Morris. (Penguin Press, $40.) 

 

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker. (Viking, $40.) 

 

1861: The Civil War Awakening. By Adam Goodheart. (Knopf, $28.95.) In this account of the war’s first stage, Goodheart turns his lens upon fascinating figures who loomed large at the time but have now been mostly forgotten.

 

EXAMINED LIVES: From Socrates to Nietzsche. By James Miller. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.) 

 

GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life. By John Lewis Gaddis. (Penguin Press, $39.95.) 

 

THE INFORMATION: A History. A Theory. A Flood. By James Gleick. (Pantheon, $29.95.) 

IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. By David Bellos. (Faber & Faber, $27.) 

 

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. By Lisa Randall. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $29.99.) 

 

THE STORM OF WAR: A New History of the Second World War. By Andrew Roberts. (Harper/HarperCollins, $29.99.)

 

WHY THE WEST RULES — FOR NOW: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future. By Ian Morris. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $35.) 

 

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The Ally From Hell

The Ally From Hell | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
Pakistan lies. It hosted Osama bin Laden (knowingly or not). Its government is barely functional. It hates the democracy next door. It is home to both radical jihadists and a large and growing nuclear arsenal (which it fears the U.S.

 

In a country that is home to the harshest variants of Muslim fundamentalism, and to the headquarters of the organizations that espouse these extremist ideologies, including al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (which conducted the devastating terror attacks on Mumbai three years ago that killed nearly 200 civilians), nuclear bombs capable of destroying entire cities are transported in delivery vans on congested and dangerous roads. And Pakistani and American sources say that since the raid on Abbottabad, the Pakistanis have provoked anxiety inside the Pentagon by increasing the pace of these movements. In other words, the Pakistani government is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget.

 

The Pakistani government has willfully misled the U.S. for more than 20 years about its support for terrorist organizations, and it willfully misleads the American government when it asserts, against the evidence, that “rogue elements” within the ISI are responsible for the acts of terrorism against India and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Most American officials are at this late stage convinced that there are no “rogue elements” of any size or importance in the ISI; there are only the ISI and the ISI assets that the ISI (with increasing implausibility) denies having. (The ISI’s S Wing, the branch of the service that runs anti-India activities, among other things, is said to have a very potent “alumni association,” in the words of Stephen P. Cohen, a leading American scholar of Pakistan based at the Brookings Institution.) A particular challenge the ISI poses is that while it funds and protects various jihadist groups, these groups often pick their own targets and the timing of their attacks. The ISI has worked for years against American interests—not only against American interests in Afghanistan, but against the American interest in defeating particular jihadist networks, even while it was also working with the Americans against other jihadist organizations.“The problem with Pakistan is that they still differentiate between ‘good’ terrorists and ‘bad’ terrorists,” Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told The Atlantic in October.

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How Algorithms and Editors Can Work Together to Burst the "Filter Bubble"

How Algorithms and Editors Can Work Together to Burst the "Filter Bubble" | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it

Real problem are the homophily assumptions built in the selection filters (birds of a feather ought to flock together), not the filter themselves.

 

What prevents us from creating filters that promote heterogeneity?

 

"Eli Pariser is concerned that web personalization is only showing us content we "like," and not content we need. But he proposed some solutions at the Mashable Media Summit."

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Virtual World Study Reveals the Origin of Good and Bad Behavior Patterns - Technology Review

Virtual World Study Reveals the Origin of Good and Bad Behavior Patterns - Technology Review | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
A Santa Fe Institute study looked at chains of social interactions online and it discovered that negativity online tends to spin out of control faster than positive interactions.

"The world they've chosen is a massive multiplayer online game called Pardus, which started in 2004 and today has some 380,00 players.

Thurner and co studied eight basic actions in which players to interact with each other. These are: communication, trade, establishing or breaking friendships and enmities, attack and punishment. They simply recorded the stream of actions that each player performs and then looked for patterns that occur more often than expected.

Their conclusions are straightforward to state. Thurner and co found that positive behaviour intensifies after an individual receives a positive action.

However, they also found a far more dramatic increase in negative behaviour immediately after an individual receives a negative action. "The probability of acting out negative actions is about 10 times higher if a person received a negative action at the previous timestep than if she received a positive action," maintain a social life and quit the game because of loneliness or frustration."
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» Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social

» Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social | Virtual community and societies | Scoop.it
What is really at stake in the Google+ project

"But as I learned in almost year of following the project’s development, with multiple interviews with the team and its executives, Google+ is not a typical release. Developed under the code name Emerald Sea, it is the result of a lengthy and urgent effort involving almost all of the company’s products. Hundreds of engineers were involved in the effort. It has been a key focus for new CEO Larry Page.

The parts announced Tuesday represent only a portion of Google’s plans. In an approach the company refers to as “rolling thunder,” Google has been quietly been pushing out pieces of its ambitious social strategy — there are well over 100 launches on its calendar. When some launches were greeted by yawns, the Emerald Sea team leaders weren’t ruffled at all — lack of drama is part of the plan. Google has consciously refrained from contextualizing those products into its overall strategy."
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