Nearly a year after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules were approved, the controversial measures were published Friday and are set to go into effect Nov. 20.The heavily debated measures were approved in December of 2010.The rules are intended to protect consumers by ensuring that everyone has equal access to the Web. The three basic components are transparency from providers; a ban on blocking sites, applications and services; and a ban on unreasonable discrimination.Advocates for the laws believe that all websites should have the same loading time, so a corporate-backed commerce site such as eBay shouldn't be able to pay to have a faster loading time than anyone else. After deliberation, it was decided that it was acceptable to slow down a network at certain busy times, but it will be forbidden to block a certain site, such as an entertainment streaming site, that devours bandwidth.If the FCC suspects that a provider is unfairly or inappropriately … [Read more...] about Net Neutrality Measures Give FCC a New Set of Teeth
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If you're looking for a credit card and a pleasant experience on the Web, the place to go is Capital One -- at least, according to Web site evaluation firm Change Sciences Group.That's because when it comes to credit card cyber-stops, the "What's in your wallet?" folks have created a site that's easier to use, more informative and more persuasive than any other major financial services purveyor offering plastic on the Net, the group said.Following Capital One in the Change Sciences rankings of credit card Web sites were Wells Fargo, of San Francisco, and National City, of Miamisburg, Ohio.Many card companies still believe that once they drive a consumer to their Web site, they have a lock on their business, which is not the case at all, observed Change Sciences Partner Steve Ellis."Card companies need to wake up and realize that people are shopping for cards online, and whatever they can do to make that shopping experience better is going to pay off," he told the E-Commerce Times."The … [Read more...] about Credit Ranking: How Do Online Card Purveyors Measure Up?
Biotech Quanterix Corporation, a company digitizing biomarker analysis with the goal of advancing the science of precision health, and DestiNA Genomics Ltd, a manufacturer of patented reagents for nucleic acid detection, today announced that PLOS ONE has published a proof-of-concept single probe method for detecting microRNA biomarkers associated with liver toxicity.Published jointly by Quanterix, DestiNA Genomics Ltd., Edinburgh University and the Pfizer-Universidad de Granada-Junta de Andalucía Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENyO), the study, titled, “Polymerase-free measurement of microRNA-122 with single base specificity using single molecule arrays: Detection of drug-induced liver injury,” details a clinically meaningful method for detecting drug-induced liver injury using the Single Molecule Array Detection technology, or Simoa™, developed by Quanterix, in association with the ‘SMART Nucleobase’ and probe chemistry by … [Read more...] about Single Molecule MicroRNA Technology Proves Useful for Liver Toxicity Detection
Mathematics/Statistics MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), which aims to advance research at the intersection of engineering and social science, blends multi-disciplinary expertise in systems theory, economics, political science, algorithmic and computational game theory, and network science. Research merging social science with data processing and analysis examines interactions and dynamics over large networks of interconnected individuals — aiming to understand how ideas evolve over networks, quantify the influence of individuals in the networks, and make better predictions.Understanding and improving the flow of ideasAt the heart of efforts to unravel some of the complexities and implications of social networks is “connection science,” which brings together application and theory. “Connection science is an attempt to actually connect between data, real-world situations and theory,” says Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba … [Read more...] about Using Data from Social Networks to Understand and Improve Systems
While retailers are rich in data, they are struggling to gather information from point-of-sale systems, planning systems and various other locations where customer, vendor and internal data collection take place.Retailers are generally performing poorly in terms of executing analysis and utilizing their data to derive bottom-line benefit. This assertion is supported by the Aberdeen Group's report, "Business Intelligence in Retail Merchandising: Harnessing Advanced Data Management to Address Today's Merchandising Challenges," which found the top challenge 49 percent of retailers face is that the data they have is not clean enough for meaningful analysis.Following unclean data, 44 percent indicate their data is decentralized throughout the organization. Without a centralized and systematic means to analyze performance, as well as marketing, merchandising, and pricing strategies, retailers will not gain the intelligence necessary to improve the bottom line and achieve superior customer … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE What Good Is Business Intelligence if You Don’t Use It?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released its final version of rules that define the parameters under which physicians and hospitals can qualify for funding to upgrade their electronic medical records systems. Included are new definitions for what will constitute "meaningful use" of electronic records to meet objectives of the programs.Changes have been made to previous drafts of the meaningful use criteria, which received comments from healthcare providers and other interested citizens numbering in the thousands. The new rules include more flexibility, Joseph Kuchler, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told TechNewsWorld. This was the primary area of concerns for those who had objections to earlier versions of the criteria.Two companion final rules were announced this week. One regulation, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, defines the minimum requirements that providers must meet through their use of … [Read more...] about New Rules Lay Out ‘Meaningful Use’ Requirements for Electronic Health Records
Data Mining Two hikers focus on the cognitive tests as part of the R2R WATCH study by Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico and the National Park Service. Source: Michael Padilla Can fatigue be predicted? Can life-threatening fatigue be differentiated from recoverable fatigue?A team of researchers led by Sandia National Laboratories is seeking answers to these questions through the Rim-to-Rim Wearables at the Canyon for Health, or R2R WATCH, study, a collaboration with the University of New Mexico and the National Park Service and funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.Fatigue is defined as extreme tiredness, typically resulting from overexertion -- either physical or mental -- or illness. We easily recognize our own fatigue when it hits, but the cause and seriousness are often unclear."We sometimes sense that we are getting sick or that stress is beginning to affect our health," said Glory Emmanuel Aviña, Sandia's R2R WATCH principal investigator. … [Read more...] about Sandia Labs Team Continues to Quantify Fatigue Using Wearables
Data Analysis Many researchers believe that the membrane is not just a scaffold where proteins reside, but instead actually plays an important role in a number of biological processes. Researchers are also starting to see that lipids and proteins can form small patches, similar to a mosaic. This patchiness seems to have a functional role in the life of a cell and in regulating its different processes. Functional patches of lipids are commonly referred to as lipid rafts.To better understand the biological processes that govern lipid raft formation — processes with broad implications for research ranging from how cells regulate proteins to how viruses invades healthy human cells — researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using two world-class research facilities to study the presence and formation of these nanoscale lipid patches.“Without having access to high-speed computing and neutron experiments, this … [Read more...] about Broadening the Bilayer: Titan’s Serious Computational Power Enables Meaningful Insights
Stroke patients are now able to use brain power to open and close a device fitted over their paralyzed hands thanks to a new brain-computer interface.Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed the device that allow participants to train the uninjured parts of their brains to take over the functions previously performed by the injured areas.“We have shown that a brain-computer interface using the uninjured hemisphere can achieve meaningful recovery in chronic stroke patients,” Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a professor of neurosurgery, neuroscience, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and applied science and the study’s co-author, said in a statement.The device—called the Ipsihand—is comprised of a cap that contains electrodes to detect electrical signals in the brain, a computer that amplifies the signals and a movable brace that fits over the paralyzed hand.The device is able to detect the wearer’s … [Read more...] about Mind-Controlled Device Allows Use of Paralyzed Hands After Stroke
For the upcoming study, "The 2009 SFA Report: Best-in-Class Strategies for Increasing Returns on SFA Investments," Aberdeen surveyed over 195 companies that are automating sales activity. In the research, Salesforce.com featured prominently as a solution provider of choice. In fact, 74 percent of the 50 Salesforce.com users who completed the survey are satisfied with the effect the solution has had on sales productivity, compared to 41 percent of respondents using other sales force automation (SFA) or customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.This article examines the strategies and performance of Salesforce.com customers and provides recommendations for end-user organizations that are evaluating Salesforce.com as a solution provider.According to early findings, 59 percent of survey respondents believe the need to improve sales effectiveness (i.e., the number of closed deals) is a top-two business pressure causing the organization to devote resources towards a SFA initiative … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Learning to Use the Force