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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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NewsBreaks
Regulatory Compliance Shifts the mHealth Applications Market
by Joanna Ptolomey
You are communicating with your doctor, and your prescription (an app) arrives on your smartphone. This is no frivolous app. It could help manage your chronic health condition—measuring, collecting, and managing your key personal health data. But is this app really a medical device, and if so, what are the issues around regulatory compliance? The Greater New York Hospital Association just announced Happtique, a mobile health application store for prescribing medical, health, and fitness apps to patients. How is the industry approaching quality and safety issues in one of the toughest regulatory markets? With downloadable health apps available at a few dollars or less, why is the industry now shifting to higher cost models and more complex tools?

Weekly News Digests
Europeana’s Huge Cultural Dataset Opens for Free Re-Use
The digital portal Europeana opened up its dataset of more than 20 million cultural objects for free re-use. The massive dataset is the descriptive information about Europe's digitized treasures. For the first time, the metadata is released under the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication, meaning that anyone can use the data for any purpose—creative, educational, commercial—with no restrictions.
Summon Discovery Service Expands Coverage of Open Access Scholarly Content
Thanks to new agreements with three publishers of scholarly open access (OA) journal and book content, libraries using the Summon service from Serials Solutions can offer researchers more access to freely available resources outside of their own collections. Making these resources accessible through the library discovery interface broadens the number of highly relevant and appropriate results returned to researchers, while further making the library the "go-to" resource for credible content. The publishers are Libertas Academica, eScholarship@McGill, and the Directory of Open Access Books.
FirstRain Announces New Customer Intelligence Solution
FirstRain announced the official launch of FirstRain Performinator, a new subscription-based solution for easily adding strategically tuned customer intelligence to the daily lives of major accounts sales and marketing pros within their existing CRM systems, social enterprise platforms, tablets, and smartphones.

NewsLink Spotlight
Apple-Samsung Case Highlights America’s Troubled Patent System
by Paula J. Hane
It's clear that Apple scored a major victory over Samsung in its recent and highly publicized patent dispute. A jury found that a number of Samsung's mobile devices infringed on Apple's patented designs and awarded damages of $1.05 billion to Apple. The jury also found that Apple had not violated any of the five patents Samsung asserted in the case. Apple then requested a ban on the sale of eight models of Samsung smartphones. Both companies are considering their next steps, while the media and blogosphere continue to buzz with reactions.

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Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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