How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

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Editor’s note:Daniel Marovitz is CEO of Faculty of 1000. Prior to that, he was the CEO and co-founder of buzzumi, a cloud, enterprise software company.

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched.

Many forces are now at work to change the status quo which has existed for more than 100 years.

The primitive publishing model employed by these publishers is actually a detriment to science. Research paid for by taxpayers is often restricted behind pay walls, major breakthroughs that could potentially save lives languish in articles…

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The FCC To Host Net Neutrality Round Tables

Fingers crossed something good will come out of this !

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host four “Open Internet Round Tables” to discuss a number of topics that relate to net neutrality.

The six sessions start with basic questions regarding the brass tacks of net neutrality itself, moving into the more technical aspects of the idea. The economics of broadband, a related topic, will also be discussed. According to the FCC, the sessions will help it “further develop” its “understanding of the issues” at hand.

At the risk of being too pleasant on a Monday morning, the idea isn’t a bad one. Discussing net neutrality issues will allow for more granular arguments and, hopefully, less space for generic statements of broad philosophical bent that do little to advance the conversation.

Here’s the schedule:

  • September 16 (morning): Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet
  • September 16 (afternoon): Mobile Broadband and the Open Internet
  • September 19 (morning): Effective Enforcement of Open Internet…

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FashionTech

Refinery’s insight into some of the big FashionTech companies.

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And after L’Oreal’s new app Makeup Genius they are looking at other BeautyTech innovators.

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Fashonista gives a list of some of the BeautyTech they have noticed, it is all very mod. Check it out

And HERE is a look back at what Fashionista said about FashionTech last year… How are these companies doing now?

Messaging gets a virtual reality twist with new app Traces

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The day has arrived, perhaps sooner than you’d predict: The messaging craze has gotten its own virtual reality upgrade. And no, it’s not some weird birth child out of the Facebook-Oculus Rift lab.

Not content to compete with the simple sharing of the Snapchats and the WhatsApps, British neuroscientist Dr. Beau Lotto conceived of Traces. It’s an interactive app where users can only see notes from their friends when they’re standing in a particular place. Geolocation meets messaging meets augmented reality meets tech brains everywhere exploding.

If you can get over the Silicon Valley-ness of the whole concept, the app is a window into marketing and communication in the future, and perhaps has something to do with Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift. It’s also just really cool.

Users select a contact, then add whatever media they want to their message. That can be a piece of music, text, a…

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Tinder Is Going To The Dogs With NYC Puppy Rescue Project

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There are a lot of dogs on Tinder lately. Like, actual dogs.

East Village-based animal rescue organization Social Tees, long with creative agency internship program The Barn at BBH have whipped up a few doggy dating profiles for rescue dogs in the New York City area.

One pup 'looking for love' One pup ‘looking for love’

BBH’s The Barn received award-winning recognition for awareness initiative Underheard in New York. Now it’s hijacking the love match app to find these dogs a home.

The puppy profiles read just like other potential Tinder matches, but with their ages skewed so the dogs will show up under the filtered searches of those in desired age ranges and genders. Vilma, for instance, is listed as 26 and “Single and ready to mingle!” but her profile notes this pup is only 9 weeks old.

Every year, approximately 7.6 million animals are sent to animal shelters throughout the US…

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Now There’s Not One, But Two Emoji-Only Social Networks

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You wait ages Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.11.33 PM for an emoji-only social network and then two come along in quick succession Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.10.25 PM!

Emoji.li

Back at the end of June Emoji.li stuck its yellow nose above the parapet to urge people to reserve emoji usernames for its forthcoming emoji-only network.

That’s right, even your name has to be rendered in emotive blobs on this wordless social network… Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.10.25 PM

Which, it should be noted, still hasn’t launched yet. I mean jeez already… Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.11.33 PMEmoji.li

Emojicate

A month or so on and a UK startup has beat Emoji.li to the Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.10.38 PM by launching its emoji-only social network on the App Store Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.13.56 PM.

Emojicate, for that is its name, is a free download for iOS devices Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 1.13.56 PM.

Its rejection of letters and words does not extend to usernames — in fact you have to sign in with your Facebook account to use Emojicate — so the emoji-only concept has already been watered down a tad

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