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Submission + - DNA testing firm goes bankrupt, who gets the data?

wiedzmin writes: DeCODE Genetics, a genetics research firm from Iceland has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. and Saga Investments, a U.S. venture capital firm, has already put in a bid to buy deCODE’s operations, raising privacy concerns about the fate of customer DNA samples and records. The company hasn’t disclosed how many clients signed up for its service, but provides a number of customer testimonials on its site, including Dorrit Mousaieff, Iceland’s first lady.

Submission + - Mendeley set for largest global research database (techcrunch.com)

benromberg writes: Mendeley.com has announced it has passed the twin milestones of 100,000 users and 8 million research papers online in less than a year since launching. Mendeley's database is doubling in size every 10 weeks as students, scientists and researchers from around the world upload, share and collaborate online using Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Web.

Co-founder and director Jan Reichelt said: “The rate of growth is astonishing. We’re delighted that so many researchers and scientists around the world are using Mendeley."

Mendeley is a fundamental part of Science 2.0, putting openness, sharing and collaboration at the heart of research. The rapid growth of Mendeley users and uploaded research papers puts the service firmly on track to become the world’s biggest online research paper database by the end of April 2010. More than 25,000 research papers can be downloaded for free from Mendeley across a broad range of academic disciplines.

Jason Hoyte, research director at Mendeley, commented: “The numbers are staggering and fantastic. In terms of the bigger picture, it really indicates that the principles of "Web 2.0" are finally starting to influence and work for "Science 2.0". This wouldn't have been possible if we continued to use old media principles and disregard the power of crowd sourcing.”

For more information please contact: ben.romberg@mendeley.com


Submission + - Healthcare Vulnerability to Data Breach (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Those who handle private patient information for healthcare organizations are largely unprepared to meet the new data breach related obligations included in the HITECH Act. A national survey of hospitals and business associates to check the state of healthcare vulnerability to data breach revealed that approximately one-third of business associates surveyed were not aware that they need to adhere to federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security requirements, compared to 87 percent of health providers. The research also found that 50 percent of large hospitals experienced at least one data breach this year.

Submission + - Judge Rules Web Commenter Will Be Unmasked to Mom (abajournal.com)

LegalReader writes: An Illinois judge has decided that an anonymous commenter on a newspaper website will be unmasked, even though the mother of a teen about whom "Hipcheck16" allegedly made "deeply disturbing" comments hasn't yet decided whether to sue over the posting.

Submission + - The end of US Internet freedom?

clang_jangle writes: That's the claim made by the Inquirer in an article reporting some ominous observations about the FCC's impending rules regarding net neutrality.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided that it will police the Internet to make sure that the large ISPs — telecom and cable companies, mostly — do not force a two-tiered Internet on the American public.
However a group of prominent law professors has warned the FCC that buried in the fine print of its proposed Net Neutrality rules are potential loopholes that if left open could be exploited by the ISPs in connivance with the entertainment cartels to undermine the future of Internet freedom.
Columbia University Law School professor and Free Press board chair Tim Wu told the Washington Post about the letter after submitting it to the FCC.

The letter the profs submitted is available here (PDF warning).

Submission + - Comcast's new throttling plan 1

clang_jangle writes: The Inquirer has up a revealing article on Comcast's new plan to throttle its customers' traffic. According to TFA,

Its network throttling implements a two-tier packet queueing system at the routers, driven by two trigger conditions.
Comcast's first traffic throttling trigger is tripped by using more than 70 per cent of your maximum downstream or upstream bandwidth for more than 15 minutes.
Its second traffic throttling trigger is tripped when the Cable Modem Termination System you're hooked-up to – along with up to 15,000 other Comcast subscribers – gets congested, and your traffic is somehow identified as being responsible.
Tripping either of Comcast's high bandwidth usage rate triggers results in throttling for at least 15 minutes, or until your average bandwidth utilisation rate drops below 50 per cent for 15 minutes.

Apparently the above information was taken directly from Comcast's most recent filing with the FCC.

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