Monthly Archives: March 2009

MIT to make all faculty publications open access

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If there were any doubt that open access publishing was setting off a bit of a power struggle, a decision made last week by the MIT faculty should put it to rest. Although most commercial academic publishers require that the authors of the works they publish sign all copyrights over to the journal, Congress recently mandated that all researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health retain the right to freely distribute their works one year after publication (several foundations have similar requirements). Since then, some publishers started fighting the trend, and a few members of Congress are reconsidering the mandate. Now, in a move that will undoubtedly redraw the battle lines, the faculty of MIT have unanimously voted to make any publications they produce open access.

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Google, Mozilla Back 3-D Acceleration Web Standard

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In an effort to address one of the last major deficiencies of the Web browser as a platform for application delivery, a consortium of tech companies that includes Adobe, AMD, Apple, Google, IBM, and Intel on Tuesday announced an effort to develop an open, royalty-free standard for presenting accelerated 3-D graphics online.

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Finally, a SPAM solution cometh…

Nielsen: Social networking tops email

The dramatic rise of social networking means that in a few short years social networks and blogs have become the fourth-most-popular online activity, passing personal email, according to a new study from Nielsen. What’s more, the amount of time that surfers are spending on these sites is still growing at a rapid pace. Last year, the category grew three times faster than the rate of growth for the internet overall. Now 67 percent of the global online population visits what Nielsen calls the member communities category, which includes social networks and blogs. It is growing twice as fast as the other major categories, passing email and now only ranking behind search, portals and PC software. Facebook, says Nielsen, is now the world’s most popular social network and is visited by 30 percent of people online each month across the nine markets that Nielsen tracks.

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