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Strong words from WHO on Pharma Industry

From http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story073/en/: The global pharmaceuticals market is worth US$300 billion a year, a figure expected to rise to US$400 billion within three years. The 10 largest drugs companies control over one-third of this market, several with sales of more than US$10 billion a year and profit margins of about 30%. Six are based in the […]

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Open Scholarly Publishing

This post outlines how an open model of scholarly publishing would work and how it would be funded. Our current system for scholarly publishing is highly inefficient and poorly suited to the Internet age. An open model would cure many of the current ills as well as offering greater flexibility and greater potential for innovation. […]

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Great Video: Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts

A funny, clever and simple video intro into what can go wrong when you actually want to reuse someone else’s data in research:

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Remembering Caspar Bowden

Very saddened to see that Caspar Bowden, first director of FIPR, and tireless digital rights campaigner has passed away. Fine obituary from Ross Anderson in EDRi-Gram: https://edri.org/remembering-caspar-bowden/ Caspar moved to Microsoft in 2002 and worked for them for nine years as their Chief Privacy Adviser for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. What that actually […]

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Black Mirror – Episode 2

First saw this very late at night about 1.5y ago. Brilliant and dark – much more so than the first one. It has an Ouroboros-ian nature. On his interest in the girl: Existential crisis masquerading as infatuation.

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Slow Tech

A thought from a recent a recent Digital Supper: just as there is “Slow Food” do we need a “Slow Technology” movement – technology at a human pace. A key difference is that this can’t work just from individual action – though that will help – we would need coordinated action if tech were to […]

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All of our lock-in fears prove justified – Twitter

Having acquired Gnip, Twitter is cutting off bulk access (the “firehose”) for everyone else – see e.g. Datasift announce and piece on recode. Twitter have also been gradually shutting off / increasing control of access over the last few years. E.g. RSS shut down, then they changed API terms of use and got increasingly aggressive […]

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Enlightened [TV Series]

I have nearly finished the first series of Enlightened, a TV Series created by Laura Dern and Mike White. The series is extraordinary – even in a world where TV series have become over the last ten years a leading entertainment and art form. It is not an easy or “fun” series, which probably accounts […]

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Amazon Twitch Acquisition – Paying 70x Sales

Just an aside from reading the recent Amazon 10-Q. In Note 4 on acquisitions they state: On September 25, 2014, we acquired Twitch Interactive, Inc. (“Twitch”) for approximately $842 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we acquired certain other companies […]

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Steve Wynn on Impact of QE on Businesses and Consumers

Saw this nugget buried in a recent earnings call of Wynn Resorts Management. This is Steve Wynn responding to a caller question: Well, we finished our financing recently. The last tranche was a $750,000 — $750 million bond. We sold it at 5.09 with no covenants nonrecourse to the parent. And that brought our total […]

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